Saturday, June 16, 2012

Almost Famous

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

When I was young (those were the days) I used to wish I was famous. I hoped that magically by pure chance, I would meet a famous movie star that look exactly like me and we'd switch places for a bit. Just like in the Disney channel original, Model Behavior. If you haven't seen it, it's a must watch. That, along with Brink and Alley Cats Strike.

Becoming famous in America is hard work (at least I assume it is, I haven't actually attempted it yet, that's a hurdle to jump next year) but if that is your life goal, do not be deterred. I have a simple solution for you: Move to Japan.

Day 2 in Kyoto was as lovely, fabulous, and as jam packed as all the rest.

Here are the highlights:
  • My Love Amongst 1,001

Welcome to the Sanjusandgendo, the longest wooden building in Japan. Please forgive the poor picture quality, compliments of google bilder search. Inside the building are 1,001 statues (pictures not allowed, I think the above photo is a pic of a postcard. Possibly). Supposedly, hidden among the 1,001 is the face of your one true love. Did I find mine, you ask? Hard to say. 

  • Geishas In Kiyomizu-dera

As Lady Gaga says, Papa-paparazzi. Though, I'm not sure she was referring to elementary kids. Today, we dressed as Geishas for a few hours (any more, I'm not sure I could handle.) Barely able to breathe and a calf work out to boot, I got my wish from ages past. Famous. Almost. Never have I ever posed for so many pictures. Possibly over a hundred. In the space of an hour. Celebrities for a day. And it was exhausting.

  • Yakisoba
A fab fav dish of the trip. 

  • Dance, Dance, Dance In Orange Pants

Fushimi Inari Shrine. Like pioneer children, we walked, and walked, and walked, and walked through hundreds of Torri up the mountain. Lucky for me, the Torri matched my pants. Let's not forget, speed walking. M has quite a talent for it. Who knew?

(PS: On this day, we moved to the Best Western, in hopes of receiving the free breakfast as advertised online. Though much lovelier than the Annex, our breakfast dreams were dashed upon arrival).


  1. I still feel cheated about the free breakfast-though from the looks of the breakfast, I would prob not have dared try anything.

    The orange Torri were amazing, and they just went on and on and on and on. Sad that we did not see any monkeys.

    I actually could not figure out what in the world that pic was of :) then I read the caption and figured it out. I suppose that is a place everyone must go in person, bc the pics are so entirely underwhelming! Really, seeing 1001 life sized wooden statues with such detailed carvings is amazing! I saw O's face there :)

    the yakisoba was pretty good. Now I'm going to try those yakisoba packs I see by the top a raman noodles at the grocery store. If it is anything like raman, they will be light years better than what I tried there :) j/k, the yakisoba was really good :)
    I will also admit that wearing a kimono is quite a workout. I was drenched in sweat, could not breathe through all the lacings, and could not stride around efficiently with my legs all tied up. It was difficult but no one ever said being famous would be easy. I must admit, the reaction to our costumes by the many other kimono clad tourists and uniformed school children was quite priceless.

  2. Loved the kimonos! What are the Torri? We need a bit more explanation on that.


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