Friday 30th November 2012
Woke up at 8am in a very good mood today, I was ready to conquer the world. The thought of just seeing the bamboo grove completely boosted my mood and Imaan.
I made my way downstairs to speak to the owner if he could help to find Arashiyama. I told him I had the Japan Rail Pass; he showed me a map of Kyoto and told me to take train from Kyoto to Arashiyama.
I asked politely if I could keep the map with me to which he responded yes, so I thanked him and made my way to the station via south entrance.
I arrived in Arashiyama after 40 minutes by train. I came out of the station and I felt lost again.
A few guys were showing the way to the people so I asked one of them who told me to make my way to the right.
After 5 minutes walk I could perceive the bamboo grove from afar I got excited.
I walked and entered the forest! I stopped and couldn’t even believe my eyes
I was there after so many months of dreaming of it; it was incredible
I closed my eyes and touched the bamboos, I could not help but feeling spiritual.
I walked all around the grove until I reached the first temple where people were praying so cut the road and carried on after taking a few pictures.
Followed by more Bamboo grove.
I then switched to my Canon AE-1 for more analogue shots
The weather changed for the better and the sun came out beautifully, I came across this beautiful plant that was still there even though it was autumn.
I could see the famous maple leaves.
I paid my entrance fee for the Tenryuji Temple and walked around taking shots of the beautiful leaves.
I went out to leave but the sun came back out again so took the original road back to the information desk to leave
I was living my dream Subhan Allah!
I made my way and completely flipped into Analogue mode after leaving the Tenryuji Temple to finish my trip to Arashiyama.
Before reaching the station I bought food and Orangina
I went home and tried to find the nearest Halal food restaurant for the evening. I wrote down all information and went to Kyoto Station to find the actual road. The Rose Cafe which was the restaurant I was looking for was located in the Miyakagi Cho.
I took the bus there and for some reasons I just couldn’t find the place so I walked and walked and walked until a Japanese dude on a bike stopped and asked me if I was lost; I answered yes. He was so kind he helped me by typing the address on the iphone and used his GPS to find it, after passing in front of Kyoto Medical University we managed to find it. I thanked him and went separate ways.
I was so happy to find it. I entered the cafe and started ordering. I went for the burger but then changed my mind, I said to myself I’m eating my first Halal in Kyoto I need to eat a good plate so I ordered Chicken Kebab with Rice and Salad
In the meantime I asked the lady where the mosque was and she came out of the restaurant and guided me to the masjid but was unfortunately closed.
Went back in and realized I’d left my camera on the table but it was Japan it was safe 🙂
I started taking pictures of the decor
The food was incredible. The waiter whose name was Shito was very intrigued by my Canon AE-1 as he was studying photography at university especially black and white. I gave him my email and flickr ID for later.
Absolutely loved the food but time to go back home and relax because I was completely destroyed.
I passed by Yodobashi Camera shop before heading home.