Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Gion Festival Float and portable shrines marched!

Last few days of the program began with Gion Festival Main event in a very hot and humid (over 100F) day!

Giant floats were pulled and march in the middle of the city.  Students fatigue are getting to a peak so everyone must endure few more days!

No major sickness and injury so far.  But must be cautious until the end.

Our final afternoon destination is the city zoo so that everyone be comforted by cute animals!

Friday, July 13, 2018

The EIKANDO and its garden!

It is hot and humid as usual.  The temperature is going beyond our body temperature.    Every time I bring students here, toward the end of the trip, We visit EIKANDO temple, which is famous for its autumn color.

We come in Spring and Summer so no maple can be enjoyed but their main building structure and top of it Tower (TAHOTO) gave us great feeling of being in Kyoto.

Final long weekend is coming up and students will be ready to wrap up their trip!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Monkey Park!

As the end of the program is nearing, everyone got physically tired and now it is getting into the survival mode.

But we must visit the Monkey Park at Mt. Iwata in Arashiyama, where many monkeys welcomed us.

We were in the cage and monkeys observed us!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Han'nya Shingyo Buddhist Scripture Writing at Daikakuji

It was rather cloudy good day today.  After getting off the Randen train, we walked up to Daikaku-ji temple via Seiryoji temple.

At Daikakuji, everyone had a chance to perform Buddhist Scripture Calligraphy.  At the large garden with a huge pond, there was film shooting of Japanese Samurai Drama "MITOKOMON" and some famous actors and actresses were performing in the hot humid weather!

Nice day again.  Now many students are getting tired from daily excursion.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

THe giant Buddha welcomed us in Nara!

The giant Buddha welcomed us in Nara with so many deer after rising the Kintetsu train for about 50 minutes from Kyoto.

We also stopped by the April hall and February Hall of Todaiji where we could see the entire Nara city!

Heat index of 39 degree Celsius now began attacking us!

Monday, July 9, 2018

1001 Buddha of Mercy greeted!

Though the weather recovered and Kyoto city function is normal, other parts of Western Japan were still suffering from the storm and it will take a bit longer time to recover.

Our afternoon trip was resumed and Keihan train took us to Sanjusangen-do temple where 1001 statues of Buddha greeted.

Two weeks are left in our program and everyone's energy is now going down to the end but....

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Once in a lifetime heavy rain stoped us!

Japan has been attacked by historically heavy rain and it stopped train lines and all the highways and also even local road!

We left Kyoto on time heading to Hiroshima but before getting out from Kyoto prefecture, all the roads got closure and gave up going to Hiroshima.

Besides, it was very dangerous over in Hiroshima, so this was the first time in our study abroad history.

It was pitiful but students got "once in life time" experience, too.

Hopefully the weather recovers and we resume daily routine tomorrow on Monday!