Journey to Monkey Mountain

I cannot count the times we have climbed the mountain behind the Togetsukyo Bridge to feed the monkeys. The park* is a ravaged stretch of ground overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in Kyoto. A hut neatly reverses the animal-human role by putting you inside a cage where you can purchase peanuts and slices of apple to feed the monkeys that gather on the mesh windows around the building. Outside the city spreads out beneath you**, a carpet of buildings and roads that has flooded every inch of ground underneath the mountains, a flood of modernity occasionally broken by the odd shrine or park.

Neicy and Rhod went to find refreshments at the river-boat shop while Anwen and myself climbed through the scorching heat of late summer. There were no other visitors and the helpful keepers chatted about the monkeys and manipulated a few photos so it looked as if the monkeys wanted to be seated beside us. Looking down upon Arashiyama it seemed impossible that typhoons were due.
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Early Morning Okazaki

We woke with jetlag at 5.30am this morning and rather than waste time sleeplessly in bed took the opportunity to walk around Nanzen-ji's precinct in the cool early morning. Joggers and the odd eager businessman were the only people about and Okazaki was quite beautiful without the bustling crowds. There was no rush, no plans to keep, just aimless strolling and it was perfect.
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