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Arrived in Japan…4 weeks

I arrived in Japan four weeks ago and have moved into my small apartment near the Osaka University of Art not far from Kishi, a small town about 45 minutes by train from Shin Osaka where the Shinkansen bullet train can be taken to other large cities. Kyoto is just a 15- minute train ride from Shin Osaka. I was traveling here with my friend Rich Tannen and we decided to head straight away to Kyoto. We went to many temples, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizudera, Ginkaku-ji, Nanzen-ji, Kodai-ji, Kinkaku-ji, and Ryoan-ji. We also walked around Nishiki Market and Pontocho along the Kamo river. What really stuck out for me this trip was the gardens at Ginkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji. I’m also not far from Nara the ancient capital of Japan where I visited Todai-ji (the largest wooden structure in the world with it’s giant bronze Buddha), Kasuga jinja with it’s many lanterns, and Horyu-ji (the oldest wooden structure in the world) among other temples and shrines.

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