Saturday, April 21, 2007

Osaka, Day 3 and 4

After grabbing breakfast, we took the train out to Fushimi Inari, where there are a bunch of shrines and gates (tori) up on a hill.


The Tori.

And more Tori.

Funny and really confusing advertisement for coffee found on a vending machine. My brother tells me that the woman is some famous pop star in Japan.

Me at the shrine at the top of the hill.

Mini waterfall-like thing.

After Fushimi Inari, we met up with one of L's friends in Kyoto to go see the Cherry Blossom Dance. This is a traditional dance that is done only once a year (although they do something like four shows per day for a month straight) by the best Maiko (apprentice Geisha) and Geisha/Geiko in Gion (the Geisha section of Osaka).

Besides the costumes, the sets were really impressive (there were a lot more, but I didn't feel like posting twenty photos of sets).

The next morning near the train station, there was some sort of stuff going on:

Some guy dressed in a traditional infantryman uniform.

Kids drumming and some guy doing some sort of dance. (More Youtube footage.) It actually sort of looks like he's at a rave or something like that. After that, it was back off to the airport and then back to Seoul. Much food was consumed, and a very good trip was had.

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