On the second day in Kyoto, we headed out to nearby Nara, stopping at Fushimi Inari Shrine en route. Fushimi Inari Shrine is well-known for it's roughly 2 million red torii gates, recently made famous in the film "Memoires of a Geisha". This is definitely one of the nicest and most impressive shrines I've seen in Japan. It manages to be big and impressive, while maintaining the peacefulness you'd hope to find in such a place.
Kevin in the midst.
Old man, young boy.
Come on, this is poetry in motion! They're making it too easy here.
Well framed Tara.
Here Dad is caught becoming not-the-first pilgrim to unexpectedly happen upon enlightment only to stop and think "... how the hell did I get here?"
After much walking through gates we moved on to Nara, home to many deer and one really indescribably enormous Buddha...