Monday, August 13, 2012

The Kyoto Imperial Palace

Do you know the interesting facts that KYOTO was once the ancient capital of Japan? When it was moved the the present one, the name changed from KYO--TO to TO--KYO.

Our Japan trip was quite hectic as we tried to cover as many places possible in 1 week. The trip to The Kyoto Imperial Palace was the most relaxing as we were too early and had to wait for a few hours for the gate to open for the next limited visitors' session. 

This palace grounds is very huge in rectangular shape that measures 1.7km X 0.7km with many buildings inside the enclosure. It was first built in the year 794 and it was destroyed & rebuilt all together 8 times!


The Entrance Arches and High Walls of the Palace.

So we slowly walked outside the gardens and perimeter of the ancient palace. We had lunch at the cafe and lazed under the Pine Tree forest. It was lovely to smell really fresh Pine Trees.




I collected many dried Pine Cones from the Palace Grounds!!! Feng Shui Expert - Lilian Too often advised that we should collect the soil from very wealthy people's homes but I collected many Pine Cones from the palace grounds!!! Hope I will become someone very powerful and rich soon.




We stood by the side's disused gate for a photograph shoot and their sensor alarm triggered off. The whole bloody policemen can running out and whistled to shoo us off like Dogs!!! Woof!



We saw a small shrine outside the palace and went inside to pay our respects. The Japanese culture often have these little pieces of woods to write your wishes to hang up.




There was a hairy caterpillar hanging itself and many men took lazy naps in this park. They wore office suits and hid themselves there. If you cannot find your work staff at work, try to look for them at the KL or Taiping Lake Gardens or Penang's Botanical Gardens!




 We had little time left and decided to dance around the trees!! This special photo is dedicated to the world's famous & most talented blogger SK0617 who never failed to tease me and wife to run around the trees!




This lady was the appointed official tour guide who spoke the most beautiful American-English I ever heard from an Asian individual.



 Entrance to the palace's Main Building inside - Shishinden Hall For State Ceremonies.





The middle right photo shows the Main Building where the Emperor lived and slept. The Empress had her own separate building which was closed to visitors.
 

 
Close up of the Emperor's retreat area inside his palace. The Princess below lives with me in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.




  
They have so many beautiful and neat gardens complete with free form lakes and bridges that would be a haven for lovers. The Japanese are so creative in landscaping and pruning bonsai miniature trees! Does the heavens look like this? I want to be there!


 
 The building that houses the Emperor's library with private court yards. Ahem Ahem.



 
 Heavens Is A Place On Earth.


86 comments:

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    1. okay now scroll up see what is it about LOL

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    2. didnt know that Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan. Wah have to queue up to go in the palace ah? But kira good also la. Not that many people inside there. wont become sardin. Take photo also easier

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    3. wah, Mrs Pussie Kaldip really fast!! but i finished reading the long post only come to comment one..

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    4. Meow, before Kyoto, it was Nara.

      An equally awesome place to visit. :)

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    5. Mrs Pussie Kaldip didn't sleep last night and came visiting.

      Lina, I find Nara today so quiet and small but it was a capital with hive of activities before. My next post will be Nara.

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    6. Kyoto & Nara both are very nice places..
      yah le the Mrs Kaldip singh come to my house to shit and then come to your blog to live another tahi here..

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  2. you collected pine cone ah? No wnder musthroom in your house looks like pine cone la :p

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    1. hahaha, yalor, i think because Anay collected the pine cones, make his house also so "wealthy" with mushrooms growing, that symbolizes for new life and blossoms!! good signs~~

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    2. Feng Shui master asks to get the soil but TM collected the pine cones. Annay, soil and pine cone are 2 different elements, dei!

      Yes, you'll be someone powerful - you can spit ahem ahem so far until kena the mushrooms and they mutated into white mushroom~ :p

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    3. TM cannot differentiate between soil & pine cones ah? tsk tsk

      But imagine lalu Kastam that time, & they check TM's luggage & see soil packed inside! What will they think???

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    4. Lina so pandai la, cannot ambik tanah, I ambik buah kering!

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    5. Talking about those mushrooms, I am sure it was something spiritual and I better not talk here.... Wooooooooo!

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    6. why cannot ambil the tanah?
      where is your new house .. I must call the tractor and korek the big hole in your house. lol...

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  3. why so weird one. diused gate wor...alarm also kena trigger off ah? what they think you trying to do? steal the gate ah?

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    1. We were "too hot" and the alarm sensed our heat la. It gave me a big shock and fright as the alarm was so loud like those tsunami warning - to run!!!!

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    2. luckily they did not close the gate and let the dogs out to chase you.. bite you till pieces...

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  4. wah lau eh ...can bollywood some more LOL...wedding photo again ah

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    1. yalah, Anay and Letchumi, sure must pose like Bollywood mah.. hehehehehe!! :D

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    2. The tree is there, the dance is there, the couple is there, just missing the saree and dotti~~

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    3. Bollywood action in Japan! Wah! Now filming also they go to Japan. Respect lah ini Bollywood stars! wakaka

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    4. Ahem! Thank you.... My friends also posed around the tree with their wives but not so daring like me! I thought of SK Thambee and sparng into action. I will frame it, good idea!

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    5. aiyo there is Japan le.. not India...
      where all the kuncy kuncu?

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    6. That Bollywood picture is seriously looked like wedding picture la! That picture of you two is really classic.

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    1. It was beautiful but crowded. So I could not get the best shots! We had to move on as there were plain clothes policemen ordering everyone to walk faster. Blergh!!

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  6. yeah, they moved the capital from kyoto to tokyo, and do you know why they named it as tokyo??

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    1. kyoto is 京都 meaning capital in chinese (maybe also the same in japanese) whereas tokyo is 東京 meaning the east capital in chinese, which is true because tokyo is in the east of kyoto..

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    2. hahahaha!! as if i know japan very well.. but i think this explanation makes sense right??

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    3. Kekekekeke! Of course Thambee is clever la and that makes sense. I dunno the meaning la, I come from India.

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    4. so what does it mean on delhi and mumbai?

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  7. anay was there for 1 week and i think he spent his time out there sightseeing for 18 hours a a day, from 6am till 12pm, hahaha!!

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    1. sure Lina will not be doing this lah, cos she goes to Japan every year, no point doing that lah.. she can just relax.. wake up to jog till late morning, enjoys her breakfast before leaving hotel at noon to do a bit of sightseeing..

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    2. but this palace is so so nice lah, look at how well it is maintained.. if it were to be in malaysia, i think already kaput and invaded by the drug addicts lah~~

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    3. Woi! If go Japan & spend so much money on air ticket, you think I just sit & relax ah? So kaya?

      If I can, I go sightsee 18hours a day also! wakaka

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    4. Yeah we were walking from Sunrise to Sunset everyday. It was crazy but fun. Lina goes every year like pilgrimage, so she can relax nia. Look at her Japanese Blog Photos, all so peaceful in different seasons pula. Her hubby is Japanese Muslim izzit?

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    5. when we go for holiday we tend to go everywhere ..
      make our foot suffer.... then come back home penat .. rather can relax ourself...

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    6. TM tak pandai cari angle lah... all those I visited and posted in my blog got other visitors too. ;p

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  8. I LIKE THAT BOLLYWOOD PHOTO!! thanks anay and letchumi for dedicating that to me.. hahaha!! so cute lah.. must develop it in large size, frame up and hang up on the wall above your bed!! :D

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    1. but Letchumi also reminds me of somebody else.. you remember that Sadako in the movie The Ring.. instead of crawling out of the TV, she crawls out from the tree, and then scared Anay till he's hiding behind the tree~~ :D

      wakakakaka, how nice is this different interpretation of that sweet photo?? :D

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    2. i wonder if there are anyone else there seeing Anay and Letchumi doing this pose?? sure they will be laughing like hell~~ :p

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    3. but i think it's so sweet.. how likely will you have that "light bulb" to do this pose right?? it's all by chance and destiny..

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    4. Oh yes! I love this shot the most out of all!!

      Annya is so cute with the pose, trying to peep at Letchumi.

      I agree, this should be the latest photo above your bed headboard.

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    5. Agree! That's a sweet pose. So happy and relaxed some more. You must frame it TM!

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    6. I will blow it up and frame! Other shots were silly and blergh!

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    7. but I think they need to do bollywood mode ..
      like more surprises when see each other..

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    8. I was laughing too when I saw that picture of Bollywood dance. Damn cute la!

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  9. yes, this is really a very nice place!! even the trees look greener and more beautiful!! and the landscaping is of course awesome too~~

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    1. and what added to the excitement and experience was, kena halau by the guard for going near that disused gate!! kakakaka.. but why?? that gate is sacred or haunted??

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    2. so many other tourists there, i wonder did they see how awkward this Bollywood couples were?? :p

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    3. The park was quiet and deserted as it was a weekday. The other ang moh tourists waited inside the Information Office area, so no one laughed at us unless i stripped OFF!

      That palace is a National Heritage Treasure so it needed the top notch alarm to prevent burglars or Ninjas!!!

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  10. I like the pic which shows both of you playing around the tree..hehe

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  11. Been there, drank the water... I would be more interested in photos of YOUR palace. Moved to your new house yet...or still mingling with your mushrooms?

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    1. Agree! I want to see the new house! I want house warming party! I want potluck!

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    2. That house is not new. Just not too old and so veli much smaller!!! Downgraded!... Right now the house is too big and I cannot find my wife so easily amongst the mushrooms! Kakakaka

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  12. Did you get to hang your wishes in the temple? I know many temples in Japan offer this "service". Gosh, Japanese have many wishes, some will go from temple to temple for different wishes.

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    1. There are a number of temples devoted to a certain male anatomy also Yvonne! I bet SP would love to visit those temples. Or visit the festival. Fertility festival that has a huge wood, shaped like a phallus being carried around. ;p

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    2. I think SP lives in a shrine for Hamsaperor followers! You can hang your Ahem post stick wishes at outside his gate!!!

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    3. SP would not only love to visit the festival, he'll hugs the phallus and refuses to let go. Er, by doing so will his manhood get the extra uhm!?

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    4. Lina, do Japanese have temples or shrines to wish for bigger boobs?? I need that. I can always draw myself with S-cup boobs, but in reality I'm scared to go under the knife.

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    5. LOL... SP sure will tie himself to the big pole and let Japanese to carry him on the streets! They spank him too! Kakakaka..

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    6. Ah Hua, the Duchess of Cornflour wanna worship the Boobs Shrine? I know they have in Japan - Karube Shrine in Okayama and Mama Chichi Kannon Temple in Aichi...!!!

      Why go so far when you can pray at the SP Shrine in Petaling Jaya? Just put the Atapchi Biscuits at his gate and yours will manifest into a bowling balls.


      Wakakakaka!

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    7. aiyo.. I no need to pray for it
      all it need is to practice and keep the stamina..
      practice makes everything perfect..

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  13. The Emperor didn't live with his Empress? Why is that so? So that the Emperor can have his Me-time with his concubines?

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    1. This palace is quite okay considering the Empress just lived in another wing. I didn't see any concubine quarters. If one visits the Forbidden City's palace in Beijing, his jaws will drop! They have big East and West palaces for Empress and many other areas for concubines. Sweat!... reminds me of that TV show - Curse of The Royal Harem.

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    2. Oh, that's mean Japanese Emperor was not as hamsap as our China Emperor. He's loyal to his Empress only.

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    3. Our Chinese Emperors were world class hamsaperors that SP can match. Do you think SP is a reincarnation of the Hamsaperor?? WHich one was most hamsap in China history where he bathed in the wine lake with gals?

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    4. Hmm me as a hamsaperor?.. could be also..
      bath in a wine lake with gals?
      that is really nice le.

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  14. Did you write your wish on the "ema" and hang it there TM? :)

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    1. Oh that is called 'Ema' not kayu?? Kekekekeke
      I never wrote them as I prefer to mumble my wishes to my Tuhan everyday. I should have bought the Ema pieces and give away as souvenirs!!!! Haiks!!!

      I know got Mat Sallehs went to buy Chinese "Kong Teik" paper offerings for the dead as souvenirs to bring home! LOL

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    2. You sure you can bring home the ema?? No taboo, like the Chinese hell paper offering?

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    3. I dunno wor... They are just plain pieces of wood, not to offer the dead mah. You want???

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  15. Do you mind letting me know which airline you took and the price for the ticket?

    Thank you.

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    1. Give me your email please and I will send you my itinerary.

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    2. So nice of you TM...
      I would just give people the link of my previous post. heh heh

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    3. TM...if you don't mind sending me your itinerary as well..Thanks in advance. Appreciate that.

      ling@inhouseling.com

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  16. This is a very beautiful, quiet and very relaxing place. I like the scenery there.

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  17. I agree: heaven = a Japanese garden! I enjoyed this trip very much. I've been to the garden several times, but I've never been inside the palace. It was fun to be a virtual empress for a while. :)

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  18. And the Bollywood dancers performing live under a tree at Kyoto. So sweet!

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  19. collect soil from wealth people's house really works? O.O"

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  20. very niceeeeee... is there like limited time for group enter?

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  21. So where's your next destination?
    Btw, TM, do you like to have the blood test voucher? If yes, I will send it to you.

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  22. That picture with you and the lovely lady around the tree... so like a scene from a Hindi movie. :p Can frame and put up already. Nice!

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  23. HAHAHAHAHAHA! wanna play bollywood meh TM boss! :D

    nice picture, lovely :P

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