Kyoto is a ‘must see’ historic city with more than 2000 temples and shrines; one is seemingly around every corner, with serene gardens, mossy grounds, and lacy maples. At the foot of the mountains amidst the stately shaped trees, you almost feel transported back to the time of past emperors. From narrow streetways, to homes, to shrines, so many of the entrances are designed in such an inviting way. There is a tremendous variety and abundance of beautiful sites. We toured several temples, and walked the Philosopher’s Path along a watercourse.
I gave a talk at Kyoto University in the clock tower building, followed by an artfully presented French-style meal at an evening reception. A group of students and faculty enjoyed the delicious meal and stimulating conversation. I am grateful to the generosity of the Japanese sponsors (listed in the Tokyo blog posting) that provided for my time in Japan.
My sedimentary/paleontology colleague, Hiromi Honda, was the resident expert who helped navigate us on the extensive bus system around Kyoto and to the famed Golden Pavilion; the Zen Temple covered in gold leaf. I wish I could have stayed in Japan longer, as shopping especially looked like it could be a great pastime…
On to China, next stop- Shanghai!