today we went to go see the kinkakuji temple (or better known as "the golden pavillion") in kyoto
it is completely covered in pure gold leaf
it was pretty cool to see :)
around the area as we walked around we saw some other interesting things...
like this spot where you are supposed to throw coins and try to get it in the bowl. we threw some, and i got one in, but it bounced right back out! haha
and these machines spit out your fortune for 100 yen (like, $1)
you unroll them and they give you quite a detailed fortune haha...
afterwards on our walk back, we saw this very loud van drive by yelling all sorts of things in japanese on the loudspeakers about this guy who is running for something. we weren't sure what he was running for, but we have seen posters around town
the voices faded as they drove further and further, but as we walked closer to the station, we heard them again! they parked right in front of the station and the guy running gave a huge speech as the other people in the van waved and shook their pom-poms hahaha...it was fun to randomly see.
then we hopped on the train and had another gorgeous ride back :)
we were starving by the time we got back, and i had picked up this cool spaghetti ramen thing, that ended up being way cooler than we thought!!! it had a little drain built in and everything!
and even gave a packet of parmesan to go with it! it was awesome :) and delicious! AND only like $1.50! can't beat that