I met up with my new friends Lovisa and Magnus at the hostel’s bar/cafe for breakfast. We weren’t feeling great after yesterday so it was a slow start of this day.
Lovisa was very keen on going to the Kyoto Aquarium, so that’s what we did.
I wasn’t planning on watching a dolphin show, but they had one, and I have to admit it was pretty cool.
After some lunch I felt better so me and Magnus went to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the 1000 torii gates.
On the way there we got invited to a local show and stopped to watch for a bit.
My favourite bit was to listen and see this, a group playing Japanese drums, Taiko. So powerful and so in sync it gave me goosebumps.
It was a weekday and the sun was setting, but there were still a lot of people visiting the gates. But the further up the mountain we got the more people dropped off.
When we got down the evening sky and light was beautiful.
I was exhausted (but very happy) after today so I sat down in the back of the hostel bar to read my book.
There’s something special to read Murakami in Japan. To now be able to related to the places he’s mentioning.
Although the rainy seasons had not been declared officially over the Tokyo sky was intensely blue and the midsummer sun beat down on the earth.
To have even more effect I always listen to the music that’s mentioned in the books. Which usually is a lot of classical pieces or jazz.
I prefer listening to something when I read, otherwise I can’t get into a book.
Ever since I read my first Murakami book I’m always listening to the same soundtrack. A album that is very precious to me, Aoi Hana – Yuko Sasama & Ryozan Sakata. To me this is a perfect match to the feeling I get from reading anything from Murakami.