Japan Series: Kyoto (Day 2)

We went to see the bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto and went through some gardens and shrines along the way.

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There was a sign that pointed to monkeys, but we didn’t go see them. I’m also not too sure about Japan’s law on contact with primates either. I know that the Greater Vancouver Zoo maintains a strict “no contact with primates” protocol because they’re part of CAZA, but not sure if it’s the same with Japan.

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There were a lot of tourists in the bamboo forest. It was hard to get a nice picture with no people in it.

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We went to the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. We were too tired to take the long hike up the shrine, so we settled for the shorter roundabout route.

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Before you enter a shrine, you have to rinse your hands and mouth with water.

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A pair of inari okami at the entrance of the shrine. Others can be found around the shrine as well.

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You write your wishes or prayers on the back of these ema (wooden plaques).

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We walked around a lot and ended the day on the parfait (read: perfect) note with some yummy dessert.

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