Konbanwa from Japan
Konbanwa (Good evening)! After three packed days in Kyoto, Japan, Sasha and I thought we should take a moment to send out a proper update to friends and family. The picture is of the Golden Temple we visited Thursday — a temple covered in gold leaf and oh so zen.
Kyoto, the city we’ve been exploring, was unaffected by the massive quake that hit yesterday afternoon (Japan time). But all of Japan is glued to their televisions watching the crisis evolve. It is reminiscent, for me, of the Bay Area quake of ’89 and 9/11.
With over 2,000 temples and shrines to see, cherry blossoms blooming, bamboo forests to walk through, and tea ceremonies to attend, Sasha and I have been keeping busy (we have about 1,982 temples and shrines left).
The original plan was to head to Tokyo yesterday for our flight out, but that’s proved much more challenging because of the earthquake (and nuclear power plant situation). Once we figure it out, we’ll post an update.