Kyoto trip

7 Sep

My 二女 (second daughter) went to 京都 (Kyoto, Japan) and 奈良 (Nara, Japan) with her junior high school class for a three-day field trip.

She just returned a few hours ago.

Of course she had a great time. And she took many photos…but almost all of them have her and/or her friends in them, so I can only post here the few photos that don’t show my daughter or her friends.


東大寺 (Toudaiji Temple)


東大寺大仏 (Great Buddah of Toudaiji)


平安神宮 (Heian Grand Shrine)


A vending that sells only お茶 (green-tea).

A vending that sells only お茶 (green-tea).




8 Responses to “Kyoto trip”

  1. Mom September 23, 2009 at 1:24 am #

    I love all the photos. Esp. the one of the Great Buddha. He looks kind of intimating, prob. because he is so huge. The other shots are beautiful too. She is a good photographer. Does she still want to travel? Our town is a wonderful place to see and there is lots to do too. I think they would be fine with an occ. photo or two-that way there gr’mother could see them too. “J” puts her boys on facebook and nothing bad has ever happened. I am glad that you are protective but I think a few photos would be fine. this is just my opinion, I respect yours.


    • tokyo5 September 23, 2009 at 1:33 am #

      >I think a few photos would be fine.

      Sometimes people tell me that, and I begin to think that maybe I’m being over-cautious…and then I’ll hear about a shocking news story somewhere in the world involving the internet, and I’ll decide that I was right not to trust the internet.


  2. In10Words aka "Galileo" September 8, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    You’re probably aware that “Kyoto” is an anagram for “Tokyo.” It blew my mind when I first realized that lol.

    Also, I wondered at first why your kids were on a field trip today, and then I realized that Japan doesn’t have a Labor Day.


    • tokyo5 September 8, 2009 at 10:26 am #

      >You’re probably aware that “Kyoto” is an anagram for “Tokyo.”

      Of course. But it’s even better in Japanese.
      Kyoto = 「京都」, Tokyo = 「東京」…but in full, “Tokyo Prefecture” is written 「東京都」 which looks like “East Kyoto”. 🙂
      I guess it’s hard to explain. 😉

      Anyways, “Kyoto” means “Capital city” because it used to be Japan’s capital.
      At that time, Tokyo was called 「江戸」 (Edo)…but 600 years ago became the capital and the name changed to “Tokyo”…which means “East capital”.

      (Also, China’s capital 「北京」 (Beijing (Pekin)) means “Northern capital”).

      >Also, I wondered at first why your kids were on a field trip today, and then I realized that Japan doesn’t have a Labor Day.

      Actually, Japan has a “Labor Day”. It’s in November. ( )

      But, it doesn’t matter. Her field trip was on Saturday – Monday (as is usual in Japan).
      So, to make up for the weekend on a school trip, her class gets today (Tuesday) and tomorrow off.


  3. gigihawaii September 8, 2009 at 1:09 am #

    Why are you so afraid to post pics of yourself and your family? Lots of people do, including me, and nothing bad happens.


    • tokyo5 September 8, 2009 at 1:23 am #

      I’m kinda paranoid like that! 😉

      I don’t trust the internet completely. I have never even purchased anything online ever.

      Not only photos of my family…but I also never put any of our names or address or anything personal like that onto the internet.

      Maybe I’m over-protective…but, regarding my kids, my favorite expression is “Better safe than sorry.”


  4. livingintokyo September 7, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

    Have you ever noticed that most photographs that Japanese take when on a trip always have themselves in the picture? It’s almost as though the photo is evidence of them having been there.
    I once showed some students of photographs I took while on a visit to Himeji Castle. They asked me where I was… of course I was behind the camera, taking the photo!


    • tokyo5 September 7, 2009 at 11:14 pm #

      Is it strange?
      Personally, I like to take some photos of the scenery…but most of the photos I take have my family in them, too.


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