day 2: Arashiyama and the Golden Pavillion
The golden pavillion is a must see in kyoto. It's covered in gold leaf! it's super shiny and pretty cool looking.
this family wanted a pic of us ALL. So I had them snap one with my phone as well!
After our visit to the golden pavilion- we made our way out to 'Arashiyama'- a section of town a little ways out from downtown. We rode a tram through some fun neighborhoods and through lots of cherry blossoms!!Many of the older Japanese still wear tradition kimonos and yukatas out in public- but it's even more common for the young people to dress up here in Kyoto! it's so fun to see all of the bright colors and patterns!
cell phone pic.
'Because the Japanese terms for a small ball of gold ("kin no tama") and testicles ("kintama") are so phonetically similar, the image of a tanuki with a gigantic testicular region is now associated with good fortune and stretching one's money.'
pretty funny, huh?
Just before we boarded the train to head back into Kyoto- we passed a little shop with free samples. Somehow I failed to notice the sign explaining what the samples were. Probably because there was a lady handing out other samples that she kept saying were "NOT spicy". I took a bite of one of the chips pictured below. and then nearly died. see those two screaming ladies on the package?! that was totally ME!!! and see the 15 peppers pictured?! they indicate level of spice. It was surely the spiciest thing I've ever put in my mouth. I had welts on my lips. I wanted to die. literally. Kent thought it was all so so funny. I was miserable for quite sometime.