A contrast of Zen Historic Kyoto vs. Eccentric Modern Tokyo

Last year while having dinner with our friend from Sydney who came to visit us here in Singapore, she asked me where am I going next?

“Probably Japan or Australia.” Japan is a random choice while Australia is intentional choice as she can tour me around Sydney and treat me to dinner overlooking the stunning Sydney Opera House. But she suggested going for Japan.

“I need a holiday!” I told myself as I had been constantly stress from work lately and may be suffering from burnout. After checking the forecast of “Sakura” (Cherry Blossoms) season from here, I immediately booked a ticket in Scoot (low-cost carrier flights based in Singapore) bound to Tokyo.

Travel and change of place always impart new vigor to the mind. This quote from William Least Heat Moon always rang true and reminded me of why I travel:  to learn and grow, to challenge myself, stretch my limits and foster an appreciation of both the world at large and the old familiar pillow in my single mattress.

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”

Japan is filled with interesting places to visit for your holiday. Whether you’re an old-timer or a modern maniac, you’ll definitely have a choice of your own.

Pictures speak volumes. Here are the pictures of my awesome Japan travel contrasting Zen Historic Kyoto versus Eccentric Modern Tokyo:

UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinkaku-ji (Gold Temple)

UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinkaku-ji (Gold Temple)

Japanese teen at Kinkaku-ji

Japanese teen at Kinkaku-ji

UNESCO World Heritage Site Ginkaku-ji (Silver Temple)

UNESCO World Heritage Site Ginkaku-ji (Silver Temple)

The Philosopher's Path, a pleasant path besides a canal that connects Ginkaku-ji

The Philosopher’s Path, a pleasant path besides a canal that connects Ginkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Gundam at Odaiba

Gundam at Odaiba

Where the character Chiyu is running under the Torii gates in the film "Memoirs of Geisha"

Where the character Chiyu is running under the Torii gates in the film “Memoirs of Geisha”

Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Kinkaki-ju Temple Entrance

Kinkaki-ju Temple Entrance

Sakura at Hirano Shrine

Sakura at Hirano Shrine

Cherry blossom blooms

Cherry blossom blooms

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

Rain drops in Tokyo Skytree

Rain drops in Tokyo Skytree

Takeshita at Harajuku

Takeshita at Harajuku

Fashion-forward teens at Harajuku

Fashion-forward teens at Harajuku

Beautiful lady in Takeshita at Harajuku

Beautiful lady in Takeshita at Harajuku

Nara Park

Nara Park

Deer at Nara Park

Deer at Nara Park

A "miko" - woman consecrated to a Shinto deity at Inari Shrine

A “miko” – woman consecrated to a Shinto deity at Inari Shrine

Giggling with Shinto ladies

Giggling with Shinto ladies

Sumo impression while wearing a "Yukata" a casual summer Kimono

Sumo impression while wearing a “Yukata” a casual summer Kimono

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: