I’m not really used to this–full-grown trees lined up without the roots bursting from the ground; lanes walkable enough for at least three people without bumping into each other; a lane for two bikes to pass through. It may be mundane, but it was wow for me!
At Himeji in 2015. For the daily prompt: sidewalk
I decided to go west on my first day of last year’s trip to Japan. I was supposed to visit Himeji Castle, check out Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and visit Kobe Sannomiya Center before doing a rain check. I didn’t realize that taking local trains from Sakai to Sanyo-Himeji would take close to 3 hours plus it took the train stations some getting used to, so I only got to visit Himeji. No worries though because Himeji is worth the travel
plus it gives me at least three more reasons to have another go at Kansai.
After taking a few moments to enjoy the view out of Himeji Station, I quickly scouted the area for something to eat. And I sure was starving!
first glimpse of Himeji
even their manholes for waterworks are a work of art!
scouting for food at this neat alley
my first meal at Japan-the gyoza that ruined local gyoza for me!
I had a simple meal of rice and gyoza in a small family-owned store. The gyoza was stuffed nicely, the rice is filling, and the sauce is unlike anything I’ve tasted before. Like what I said in the picture, after having this meal, no gyoza here back home ever comes close and I couldn’t enjoy it here anymore >_< (and sorry Osaka Ohsho, but your gyoza doesn’t compare to this at all… )
Recharged and refueled, I walked a few more blocks to get to Himeji Castle. Good thing I don’t have to take turns here and there; I just had to walk straight along this road.
the sidewalk is friendly for pedestrians and bike-riders alike
a nice vintage phone booth
one of the many restaurants lining the street. This one’s a noodle house
I really wanted to take a picture of this cat but he was too fast for me. Barely seen in the picture is a second-hand yukata on sale
The castle complex is finally in sight!
Sakura Gate Bridge framing the sunset
another look at the Sakura Gate Bridge
serene lake surrounding Himeji Castle grounds
another look at the lake
the majestic Himeji Castle painted gold by the sun!
The upside of ending up at Himeji Castle at this time is you see the castle look nice and golden. Downside? Admission is already closed 😐 in any case, I was happy with what I saw especially with the cats :3
Despite missing the other stops in my overly ambitious itinerary, I’m glad I didn’t skip this one. A world heritage site, a beauty, a standout.
I’m very much fond of cats, and they’re one of my favorite subjects when I’m wandering about.
Here are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!
These two seem to be waiting patiently for someone to give them food. They look normal-sized too compared to the cats I saw in Himeji^^
This looks like a still from one of those anime openings! Hahaha 😀
I like this one’s pattern. Doesn’t he look regal?
😛 I just had to take this shot before he wakes up and walks away!