A Canter Through Kansai September 4th 2009 August 31st to September 3rd 2009 - Kyoto, Himeji
So having witnessed the urban insanity of Tokyo and the, well, just plain insanity, of crowds at Mt Fuji, I was off to Kyoto, second city and cultural heart of Japan. If Tokyo is all that is shiny and new, Kyoto is all that is traditional. Famed for its beautiful temples, its gardens, and Gion, where the dwindling numbers of Geisha and ... read more
Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
This blog started, as do so many others, with an attempt to let parents and friends know what I was up to during my first ever trip outside of Western Europe: four months in India. Unfortunately, after a near miss with the bombs in Mumbai in November 2008 my mother refused to read any more blogs as they kept giving her panic attacks...
My biggest joys in travel are awe-inspiring scenery, and what I would love to term 'comparative anthropology', but really ... full info