October 4, 2015

[ Digitalian : Hope in the Darkness ]

今 夜が明けて行く 聞こえるか?
導かれてく 目指すべき場所へ
光と影 , 反比例
馴染むことなく絶え間なく 揺れて
新しい風の薫りがした 海の向こう
加減知らずの情熱だけを , 信じたなら

Beautiful like a flower that gently blooms on the ground
Now, the dawn is breaking Can you hear it?
Being led to the place we should be aiming for
Light and shadow , Direct opposites
Without ever blending in, yet always wavering
From beyond the ocean, there was the scent of a new wind blowing
The passion that you didn't know how to hold back , If that's all you believed in...

Day 9, April 16th: Arashi! Arashi! For- Eh... I mean, Arashiyama & Nara

From Shin-Osaka, we headed to Kyoto, then took the JR Sagano line to Saga Arashiyama. Then we bought the Sagano Scenic Railway ticket, before walking to Tenryu-ji Temple. 

Ija was so confident in leading the way and we of course had no doubt following her... until someone stopped us and asked where exactly we were going because guess what? It turned out that we missed a turn and was heading on a completely opposite direction! LOL!

Walked a bit further down the road when an Obaasan stopped us and showed us the CORRECT direction to the Tenryu-ji Zen Temple! XD

Finally here!

Once you find the entrance, you will be led into the temple area facing the lake and the zen garden before going into the garden with varieties of flower. Anyway, the garden and the flowers in Tenryu-ji were beautiful. Why don't I just let the pictures speak for themselves, hey?

Ukon Cherry

Chinese Redbud

Lilac Daphne

Bridal Wreath

Flowering Quince

Resurrection Lily

Royal Azalea

And the main attraction was of course, the Bamboo Forrest. 

It was surreal, walking through the tall, majestic bamboo trees. We exited the Bamboo Forrest and boarded the Sagano Romantic Train from Arashiyama station, using the ticket that we bought at Saga Arashiyama station (you'll be given your seat numbers when you buy your ticket). 

Arashiyama & Arashi fans XD

I reckon coming here during Autum would be really romantic!

The Romantic Train

We were lucky to get the seats in the open car!

There's the boat ride too if you want :)

Riding in the open car (only for car number 5) across the bunch of sakura trees, into the cold tunnel and next to the river, the scenery as you can see was SPECTACULAR! Hopping off at the last station, Torokko Kameoka, we walked to Umahori station to take the JR line back to Kyoto, and then took another train to Nara.

Interesting sign, worth a photo of its own!

So, what’s interesting in Nara? The Nara Park, of course! 
Nara = Deer
So petting the deer loitering around is A MUST! =D We walked around the park, then to the temples and shrines before heading back to the station to return to Osaka.

Don't you just LOVE the road sign!

Initially everyone was a bit reserve to touch them...

But who could resist them?!

BUT! Once you hold the deer cookies, they'll crowd around you until you give ALL your cookies to them, these hungry lot!

One of the small shrine nearby

It says, World Heritage, Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara, Todai-ji

Sharpening your teeth, dear? XD

Deer walking around

Trust me, they KNOW how to pose for cameras too, ok!

Deer on the hills

They are literally EVERYWHERE!

Had fun reading the wishes :D

The 'Street Lamps'

Hungry, and seeing how it was our last night in Osaka, we went to Muqam again =) And ice-cream for dessert at the hotel! Sadly, I can't find this in Malaysia , the same with the Azuki Haagan-Dazs :( 

Next: Back to Tokyo