Kinkaku-Ji Temple | Kyoto, Japan
On my second day in Japan, I had planned to see at least 5 different sites around Kyoto. However, I ended up only seeing 2 due to additional shopping for family and mainly unforeseen Subway routes.. Towards the end of the day, I found myself chasing the Sunset to, in my opinion, the best of the 5 locations for a sunset Photograph. Being that the Subways had seemingly not worked in my favor on this day, I decided to take a Taxi, which was about 25 minutes to the Kinkaku-Ji Temple. During my ride over, both the Taxi Driver (Older man) and myself were using Google Translate to communicate. We were both amused at the situation and made the best of it, both laughing at the comments that I am sure did not all come out correctly on both sides. During the ride, he started mentioning something, but was not using the translator and then got on his phone. After a few minutes on the phone, he told me that the Temple would be closing by the time I got there since it was a Holiday honoring someone of importance. My heart sank again to another failed plan. He continued speaking in Japanese, without utilizing Google Translate, and gestured repeatedly with his hands. I then realized that the flicking/gesturing of his fingers was a running motion right when he said the word "poss-ible"! After the message was received that I might make it in time, it was was clear the Temple would be closing soon after arriving. We were both delighted and laughing again at another successful exchange of words. Once we arrived he happily shook my hand and said "run, run, run!" :) In the end, I only had 10-15 minutes at this location, but the events leading up to it were quite enjoyable and the sunset was beautiful.
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