Been back from Japan for more than a week now, but what a week it has been. Sorting the 4000+ photos taken during the trip, clearing all the backlog work, including arranging make up lessons with students during their one week term recess occupied almost every day of the week from morning til night. Hardly any time for baking or anything else.
But my week is nothing compared to the Japanese people had to go through. The massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku area shortly after we’d left devastated tens of thousands of homes in the region and continues to impede the lives millions in abysmal ways. The threats posed by the radioactive leaks from the dysfunct nuclear power stations are still very real. My heart goes out to the Japanese people whom we were briefly acquainted with during the 10 or so days we were there. Though the encounters were brief, impressions are still very vivid and memories endure on. At the same time, we can’t help but feel really blessed to have narrowly missed the catastrophe.
This is our second trip to Japan; our first was in November 2009 to the Kanto region, i.e. Tokyo, Hakone, Kamakura and Nikko. We missed Tokyo very much and would love to be back there again, but thought it would be good to venture elsewhere as we have much to explore in this vast country with ever-changing geographical and social landscape, and the keihanshin 京阪神 region seemed to be an excellent option.
Kyoto Arashiyama 京都岚山 – Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, Tenryuuji Temple
This is a collection of collages from some of the places we’d visited, food we’d tasted, people whom we’d met.. basically glimpses the sights and sounds of the Keihanshin region, put together in a rather slipshod manner, as we are still ploughing through the stash of photos we’d taken. A more detailed day-to-day account of our trip in individually dedicated blog posts would follow shortly after but meanwhile sit back, relax and enjoy the photos…