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Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Aventurine

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Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Aventurine

The videos fill up space on YouTube, the photos running for page after page on Google Images.Japan as a place of death and destruction, massive brown blue waves, shaking high rises, collapsed cities.The earthquake in March 2011 has my thoughts strangely going out these days to a completely different image to Kyoto, a place that embodies everything I Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Aventurine love about Japan: serene ancient beauty mixed with already tomorrow modernity.It is far from the death and danger hundreds of miles to the north.Many visitors arrive on the platypus nosed Nozomi bullet train from Tokyo. The countryside in between is a blur and often blocked by walls to keep the roar of the train away from locals.Across the Kanto plain, from Tokyo to Yokohama, the flatlands are filled from horizon to horizon with low buildings and occasional skyscrapers. It is a dense world.Attendants with a food cart come by. I buy a bento box with eel. The smoking car is packed a sign that Japan still loves to puff.The modern world doesn't stop at Kyoto's door. Visitors disembark into Japan Rail Kyoto Station, one of the world's most modern, a seven story erector set world that's part transportation hub and part shopping mall.It's connected to two huge shopping arcades, The Cube and Porta, which are packed with restaurants for every taste not only traditional udon, katsu, ramen and sushi, but also Subway, Starbucks, Mister Donut and Cafe du Monde, a transplant from New Orleans. A post World War II cartoon star, he was said to have been born in the far distant future 2003.Many visitors like to get away from the train station as soon as possible and out toward the temples to the north and east. But I suggest visitors linger. This helps set up the juxtaposition from new to old that makes Kyoto so special.Stay the night at Granvia, a sleek boutique hotel that feels transplanted from New York. Rooms are large and come with a discount if you have a Japan Rail Pass. They look out at the bullet trains called shinkansen coming and going below. Visit the malls and eat in a subterranean restaurant.Some visitors will stay at the Granvia for the entire trip to Kyoto because they can get so much more hotel room for their yen than if they stay in traditional ryokan guesthouses in the older districts.So far, Kyoto seems nothing like its ancient image. That comes when visitors head out toward the temple districts.Because my trips are usually short, I stay at a hotel instead of a guesthouse. When I can afford it, my favorite is the Hyatt, which fuses Japanese and Scandinavian influences of wood and soft lighting into a hotel that's modern but not out of place in the old quarters. It's across the street from the Kyoto National Museum and next door to the Sanjusangendo Temple, where the great annual archery contest is held in January.The temple is famous for 1,000 carved cypress wood statues covered in gold leaf of Kannon Bosatsu, the goddess of mercy. They surround a large statue of Kannon. These are protected by 30 other statues, which include deities of the wind and thunder.After seeing the museum and temple, my favorite thing to do is stroll the streets. Kyoto was spared the bombing of World War II, so it's still a city of tiny stores.Within five blocks going down the river are a shop selling secondhand shoes, another that sells knockoff (but nice) samurai swords for about $100, a Kmart, a store selling traditional sweets, two small wood frame restaurants, a bicycle repair shop and a McDonald's.There are so many temples in Kyoto that it's impossible to see them all in a two or three day trip. I like the Chion in temple, resplendent with its dozens of cherry blossoms that bloom in the spring.Nearby is Yamamoto Coffee, just downhill from Kuramaguchi Dori, for a lunch of egg salad sandwiches, Earl Grey tea and fresh, thick, Japanese style toast. Except for the script on the menu and the big tank of exotic fish, the dark woods, tea infusers and espresso machine, it could be a little cafe in Omega Watch Seamaster 007

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the temple not only for its beauty, but also for its story. Built in 1398 by the shogun Yoshimitsu as a pleasure home, he ordered it turned into a temple upon his death. But the pavilion visitors see today was built in the 1950s to replace the original, which was burned down by a crazed monk.In rebuilding the temple, designers didn't just replicate the original, but instead looked to the intent of the shogun. The original temple had a roof of gold. Its replacement is sheathed entirely in gold leaf. It shimmers even on a cloudy day, the water of the small lake that surrounds it sparkling over the orange and white spotted koi fish. Above the temple are areas where visitors can have their fortune told.About 100 yen ($1.20) buys amulets granting good health, good grades, release from tension, career advancement, a strong marriage or good luck in "traffic safety." Candles for 50 yen with the same themes are bought and burned. Packets of three pieces of incense are sold for 30 yen.An offering can be given and a prayer made, then perhaps granted by the swinging of a large rope that, when done properly, sets off a gong high on the temple rim.

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