|Man feeding the ducks along the river.|
|This scene seems very "Japan" to me.|
|Kyoto's downtown shopping district.|
|I loved all the different fabrics at a kimono store.|
|Students touring the castle.|
|Fushimi Inari Shrine|
|People fetching water from a temple fountain.|
|A monk asking for donations.|
One of the last highlights of our time in Kyoto was the Golden Pavilion... a Japanese temple covered in 14K gold. Although the pavillion was really cool to see, the reason it was great was meeting Mr. Kobayashi. Danny and I were riding the bus to the Golden Pavillion when a old Japanese guy got on the bus and sat behind us. He started up a conversation with us, and then after a little while, he asked if he could join us on our sight seeing tour.
|Even the entrance tickets are beautiful in Japan!|
Danny and I accepted were laughing about the situation that we find ourselves in. We wondered what Mr. Kobayashi's plans were for that day, or if he always just rides around on buses hoping to meet foreigners to tag along with : ) He ended up being a really great guy to talk to... we learned asked him all kinds of questions about Japanese culture and history, and even though we offered to pay for his ticket because he was our "tour guide", he ended up being the one who bought us tickets, got us a Japanese souvenir, and took us out to coffee afterwards!
He was such a nice guy, and really made me realize how connected we all are if we just reach out to people. Mr. Kobayashi said that when he came to America, people were so nice to him that he just wanted to return the favor in a way, so I only hope that I can meet a Japanese tourist on the streets of Colorado and show them the same kindness!
|Danny and I having coffe with Mr. Kobayashi.|
|Another "mysterious" tea house.|