Besides studying for the JLPT and NaNoWrIMo, I did a few things in November. Now it’s time to catch up!
One of the more memorable things I did last month was going to Kyoto again with Emily. I wanted to go because the leaves were finally starting to change; they don’t start changing until mid-late November here, which still boggles my mind. Watching the leaves is quite a popular thing to do in Japan, especially over in Kyoto. In can get very crowded. Despite that, we both headed to Kiyomizu Temple, a famous Buddhist temple. This time I took a nicer train over there and was surprised that I got there within an hour. I’m lucky to have such a scenic and historic place nearby! As expected, it was pretty crowded in Kyoto. It took awhile just to get to the temple. Nevertheless the wait was worth it. Here are a few pictures of the temple:
After wandering around the temple, we walked around the neighborhood. There was a nearby graveyard that was huge, yet pretty:
Here was a building that was by the graveyard:
We walked some more until we ran into more temples and shrines. They’re so common in Kyoto that I doubt that I would ever get to see all of them, no matter how many times I visited:
After we finished exploring, the sun was already setting. I’m still not using to watching it go down at around 4:30-5. I do love the sky over here in Japan though; it’s always gorgeous. I don’t know how many times I have taken a picture of it but it never gets old. Here’s a picture of the sky as we crossed a bridge:
Afterward, we decided to grab a quick dinner and head home. It was a fun, scenic day trip. I’m sure I’ll be back again soon.