|Kansai Gaidai student area/ food court|
|Kansai Gaidai Center for International Education|
Through campus sponsored events and from my own trips, I've seen a fair bit of both Osaka and Kyoto. I've seen the Yasukuni Shrine, Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Kiyomizudera Temple so far. All three were lovely, but Kiyomizudera is the most beautiful place I've been to yet. When travelling, I think it's best to see as much as you can (within your budget, of course). I've attended a events that didn't even particularly interest me, just to me able to go see a new location with a group.
|Kiyomizu dera temple|
|Some cats in Makino City|
I especially like exploring now that the leaves are changing. In Japan, the period in which the maples (momiji) turn red is called kōyō( 紅葉 ). The kōyō period is famously beautiful in Kyoto. Japanese maples have slightly different leaves than the ones we have in the states. They almost look like a certain kind of illegal plant leaf, but with slight differences in the shape of the arms of the leaf. They turn a very bright purpley red. They are often quite a bit smaller than American maple leaves, and so when you look up at a canopy of them the leaves look like little stars.
|Leaves turning red at Kansai Gaidai|
|Halloween ghost bread|