So for my school's last field trip we went to Nikko; a town north of Tokyo that is famous for its temples and waterfalls.
Our first destination was the Toshogu shrine and temple. This area was the home of the once powerful Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for many years. This place is unique as it has both a Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple right next to each other.
The shrine is breathtaking. The intricate carvings and woodworking is astounding. How these people built such complicated structures before any modern technology baffles my mind.
This place is a must see for any architecture or wood carving enthusiasts. Or anyone who just likes pretty things. I took nearly a 100 pictures there alone.
For that night we stayed at a really nice hotel that had a natural onsen (hot spring). At first getting naked in front of a bunch of other people can feel daunting but since everyone else is naked, it doesn't really feel so strange after a while. Of course the men and women onsen are separate. The water feels greats and they put special bath salts in some of them to make your skin feel really soft. I really like onsen. Though I don't know if I can convince my family to go to one, lol
The following day we went to a natural ravine. It had a beautiful waterfall, but boy it was a climb! My legs were pretty sore after that trip.
Then we went to a wood-carving studio where we each got to carve a design into our own little wooden mirrors I did the monkey design, though I gave him a scar to look more cool. Because scars are always cool, lol
And an earthquake just happened while typing this blog. It was the strongest one yet! Rather scary, but nothing fell off my shelves so it wasn't too terrible.
Anyway, today I went to Asakusa to paint my own lantern! It turned out alright I think, though not nearly as pretty as some other people's. I just wrote my kanji name and painted the sides red. A very traditional look.
Only three weeks left here in Japan, before I go home for Christmas break. But I'll be back here in the spring.
Time flies by so quickly!