Kyoto Japan

I spent 5 weeks in Kyoto, Japan with staff and students from the Epic Movement.  I had a great time getting to know students from various colleges in Kyoto, experiencing Japanese culture, and learning how people in Japan do life.  It was an amazing venture and would glady visit again!  Below are some photos from my time.  Sadly I did not take enough photos of food, mostly because I enjoyed eating it. 🙂

Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Arrival at Narita.  We were glad to be on the ground.
Arrival at Narita. We were glad to be on the ground.
We took a sleeper bus from Narita Airport in Tokyo to Kyoto.  It was 8 hours long.  I stayed awake and watched the time tick down.
We took a sleeper bus from Narita Airport in Tokyo to Kyoto. It was 8 hours long. I stayed awake and watched the time tick down.
This is where Regina and I slept for the summer.  No tatami mats underneath :(
This is where Regina and I slept for the summer. No tatami mats underneath 🙁
Kyoto University - #2 school in Japan depending on who you ask.
Kyoto University – #2 school in Japan depending on who you ask.
View from the Sky garden in Kyoto Station
View from the Sky garden in Kyoto Station
Women's bedroom
Women’s bedroom
Ritsumeikan University clock tower
Ritsumeikan University clock tower
Vending machines on every block.  A can of soda was about 120 yen on average ($1.20 in 2013)
Vending machines on every block. A can of soda was about 120 yen on average ($1.20 in 2013)

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Slippers everywhere.  Japan is super clean!
Slippers everywhere. Japan is super clean!
You could wash your hands using the tank water.  Pretty efficient.
You could wash your hands using the tank water. Pretty efficient.
Eating lunch with friends at Ritsumeikan.
Eating lunch with friends at Ritsumeikan.
Lunch time.  The cafeteria food was amazing and well priced!
Lunch time. The cafeteria food was amazing and well priced!
Frisbee - US vs Japan.  It was a tie.
Frisbee – US vs Japan. It was a tie.
View from Enmachi station in Kyoto
View from Enmachi station in Kyoto
Arashiyama station
Arashiyama station
View of the Togetsukyo bridge in Arashiyama.
View of the Togetsukyo bridge in Arashiyama.
Bamboo forest in Arashiyama
Bamboo forest in Arashiyama
Another shot of the Bamboo forest in Arashiyama
Another shot of the Bamboo forest in Arashiyama
Ramen power
Ramen power
More ramen power
More ramen power
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Beautiful Yukata colors
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More Yukata
Erivd is sporting the men's version of the Yukata
Erivd is sporting the men’s version of the Yukata
Gion festival - one of the biggest festivals in Japan.  These guys are pulling a float carrying materials and people used in a purification ceremony.
Gion festival – one of the biggest festivals in Japan. These guys are pulling a float carrying materials and people used in a purification ceremony.
Gion fesitval
Gion fesitval
Messenger child
Messenger child
Fushimi Inari Shrine - God of rice.  It has thousands of gates lead you to a Shinto shrine.
Fushimi Inari Shrine – God of rice. It has thousands of gates lead you to a Shinto shrine.
Fushimi Inari Shrine - ceremonial cleansing tools
Fushimi Inari Shrine – ceremonial cleansing tools
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine - the foxes are the official messengers of this god.
Fushimi Inari Shrine – the foxes are the official messengers of this god.
Kyoto Station
Kyoto Station
View from Kyoto Station
View from Kyoto Station
Downtown Kyoto - Shijo Karawamachi
Downtown Kyoto – Shijo Karawamachi
Kinkaku-ji - Golden Palace
Kinkaku-ji – Golden Palace
Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji -
Kinkaku-ji –
Kinkaku-ji -
Kinkaku-ji –
Shinkansen - bullet train
Shinkansen – bullet train
Women only car - someone does not belong
Women only car – someone does not belong
Conveyor belt Sushi - some plates were 100 yen, others were 400 yen.
Conveyor belt Sushi – some plates were 100 yen, others were 400 yen.
A sandwich from Family Mart!
A sandwich from Family Mart!
Matcha green tea soba from a place in Gion.
Matcha green tea soba from a place in Gion.
fat dog
fat dog
Downtown Kyoto during the Gion festival
Downtown Kyoto during the Gion festival
Beer lady during a baseball game.
Beer lady during a baseball game.
It was election season when we were there.
It was election season when we were there.
Andrew and a carp.
Andrew and a carp.
A bridge at the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.
A bridge at the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.
Regina and I at the Imperial Palace
Regina and I at the Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace
Ropeway in Hakone, Japan
Ropeway in Hakone, Japan
Lake Ashinoko in Hakone, Japan
Lake Ashinoko in Hakone, Japan
Our team inside the ropeway car.
Our team inside the ropeway car.

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