This blogpost covers the day of April 7th, 2023 while in Nara, Kashihara, and later in Kyoto.
Woke up to some stomach pains at 9 AM. My stomach was hurting. While waking up I was sent a message from back home (Ottawa, Canada) how a snowstorm and freezing rain hit the area. The place even lost power. I was lucky to be in Japan, yet sadly still had to deal with rain in Nara.
My plans for the day was to visit Zuikaku’s shrine in Kashihara, as noted by a KanColle comrade. From there, I would have to head back to Nara, enjoy the scenery (the best I could), and eventually make my way to Kyoto.
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I checked out of my hotel, placed my luggage in a coin locker. It was a bit of a struggle, yet eventually found one. Placed my luggage inside, took the key, and went to find my bus. I needed to seek out the 161 bus.
[relaxation WEED Space]:
When I saw this I laughed. I shared it to my American friend assuming (the, and up till now) this place was a weed-selling place. Nope! It’s a hair & beauty salon.
I was highly amused.
Plaza in front of Yamato Yagi Station:
I wish I had a stop here. Once I saw this clock tower I strongly desired to visit this area on the way through here, and back towards Nara. I genuinely admire scenery like this; The clock tower and the design hidden behind some trees and a green garage area. It’s hard to see the mural, it’s on the right side of the image hidden behind the support beams.
I have arrived! Seems to be light spitting rain, not full on rain. It’s wet, but that’s about it. For both safety and appearance I kept my umbrella for the trip towards and returning from the shrine.
A lovely red train to be admired.
Finally arrived! At least I managed to visit one out of the numerous shrines in Japan. Yamato, Zuikaku, and a few others after that. For now, I was trying to make sense of what I was seeing, even out of my comfort zone trying to be as respectful as possible. I even waited to be potentially yelled at/scolded by the locals. I was left to my own devices and plans.
This visit was mainly done out of respect on the Kantai Collection (KanColle) side of things. Granted, I would also mainly focus on the Azur Lane side of things because of how far more accessible that was. Azur Lane has an AR mode, something KanColle doesn’t (or at the time). And because I’m a foreigner KanColle treats all foreigners like a piece of trash.
And that concludes the Zuikaku respect. Yes, I have memory of paying my respects to the shrine. I gave Zuikaku my Japanese style praying by holding my hand in front of my face, as other Japanese folks have done for other shrines. I have to genuinely pay my respects. I can’t be a rude Canadian.
Arriving back at the station to head back to Nara. Wish I could have visited other areas. Sadly, I could not. I also failed to take any videos of trains passing my. My error.
I genuinely should have gotten off here to stroll around for a bit.
The Return to Nara!:
Maybe a bit premature, I however had plans to visit various Nara-specific areas. Various landmarks only within Nara, such as deer, temples, etc.
Little did I know I may have made a grave mistake. I waited a fair amount of time to only be disappointed. I mean, the food was decent (sushi being the better part). The soup was something left to be desired. More should have been done with that soup.
The waitresses were older ladies screaming at each other, even getting into full on arguing matches. Chill! Chill! You’ll get a heart attack at your old age. They appeared to genuinely be in their 80’s and 90’s screaming at one another. RELAX! CHILL! Stop yelling at each other!
I’m now on a mission for deer, even if it’s raining. There’s no way I’m going back to my hotel empty handed.
Off to visit a touristic area, specifically for the deer. I needed to see the overly famous deers of Nara! As seen from JVloggers and Anime. Mainly Anime.
(Side-note: I hate my fellow foreigners being unphotogenic as possible. They make faces similar to tongues sticking out, can’t act natural, nor do they show respect in distancing. I mean, I may have accidentally done the same, though seeing my video play back I see two chubby American-type girls going up to the deer being brainless. Their big American styled fat ass with horrible jiggle physics. I hate that. It drives me up the wall. I’m here for Japan, not for weird foreigners.)
Briefly stopped off at a Diaso to pick up some items. Some CC Lemon drinks, a watch, a card holder, and a new umbrella. Sadly, the umbrella was too tiny so I left in the vicinity for someone who may need it. I’m aware it’s taboo, yet left it out of both frustration and out of kindness for someone who desired an umbrella.
I was also considering if I should bus or train back to my Nara Station destination. Nah. I’ll walk, it’s close enough.
I came here seeking out a stamp, to which Nara tourist guides were caught up in an overly lengthy conversation with me. We talked, and talked, and talked in English. Purely in English we talked for ages. We discussed Kantai Collection, Azur Lane, stamps, my journey and where I was going, what stamps to acquire and where, and what to expect. Even was suggested to head to Maizuru (from Kyoto) by train, even cautioned about how long it would be for potentially “very little” to explore. This moment was my more happy memorable, and nostalgic moments. This is what I love Japan for! Overly helpful, kind, conversable, and highly helpful. I was nudged towards Maizuru thanks to these tourist info guides.
Sorry for making your counter all wet from my umbrella. I was stupid there, but everything else was awesome. Thanks for your kind hospitality!
(On Google Maps it showed me nothing was present in Maizuru, though when I was there in person there was more to discover taking more than 2 days to explore it all.)
In Japan I felt human again. I loved it!
Obtained my luggage from the coin locker, something I’ve placed prior to my trip on the bus trip to visit Zuikaku’s Monument. Had to catch a train to Kyoto.
Kyoto! – (Kyoto Station):
Safely arrived at Kyoto Station while making note of the trains in the area. I’m genuinely impressed by the scale, even overwhelmed by it. I had to make sense as to how to get out. I walked a direction, even being told to head another way at one point (maybe on another day). I had to find my way out of this insanely massive station.
Was told I could only have my room for one day, then have the other room for my next night or so there. I accidentally stressed the guy mostly fluent in English by repeating my stupid question. I failed to fully grasp what he said, even though he told me everything. I even asked him if I could keep my luggage in the hotel while I went to visit Maizuru the next morning. That was fine. They would put my luggage in the room. Can’t recall if they done that or not, or if I had to pick it up in the lobby.
Once I settled in, thought of where to go, and how to fix my beeping watch, I ventured off to my next destination.
Sadly, I was constantly soaked to the bone.
Pedestrian bridges giving me a neat vantage point of the area, including the nearby Torii gate.
This was noted as being the closest landmark, and one of the easiest to see in the rain. I even had my stamp book ready for just this place.
It was amusing seeing people crossing over a little pond by stepping over a rock. Even other people with their DLSR Camera’s taking pictures of Toji, and the surrounding area. I even took a few images with my Lumix GF1 camera hoping the quality came out right.
I was hungry so I decided to visit the nearby AEON Mall seeing what’s in there.
Thank you! I would actually enjoy my time in Kyoto wishing I could have stayed longer than I had. Japan is awesome, as is Kyoto.
I barely made it out of the mall, down the street, and even safely made it into my hotel. I wasn’t drunk drunk, I was however buzzed enough to the point I was dangerously careless. I made sure to take singular roads with easy pathways.
Made it back to my hotel, even showered decently well. Certain hotels are better than others so I shower cautiously in various ones. I even dried off my shoes with an air dryer, something I had to do a few times prior and after.
With that, I bought more beer from a conbini drinking myself to sleep on 2-3 beers. Can’t recall, though certain I always do nightly conbini runs for beer. I went to sleep in a slight paranoid state with the constantly changing environments from hotel-to-hotel. I’m in Kyoto now, not Nara, not Osaka, nor Yokohama, or Kure. I’m in Kyoto. I constantly had to learn new light switches in each hotel.
Relating to my trip to visit Zuikaku’s Monument.
Please visit the Nara Zuikaku shrine! And that I have! Thanks for the heads up.
Good night! Catch you in my next adventures! Hopefully I can stay dry next time. 🙂