A train ride to Nikko. Today I am with the "Seishun 18 Kippu" (A seasonal offer from JR, where you can travel for a cheap price with the cable car for a day. I took the train from Yokohama, but I thought it would be easier to drive to Nikko. The trip took then 3 hours and a little more. I had been there 4 to 5 years ago and was looking forward to seeing Nikko after a long time. Although it was rainy, the sun was shining there and it was pleasant to walk there. The last time I drove to Nikko, it rained and it was very cloudy and dark. Today it was a pleasant climate and the blue sky in Nikko gave me a different impression of Nikko. I could see paddy fields that were only waiting for the harvest from the train window and a lot of nature. Rice fields are no longer visible in Yokohama and Tokyo. I thought that the landscape really had a nice view. I think it's about a 30-minute walk from Nikko Station to Toshogu Shrine. There were quite a few people traveling on Sundays. I was impressed that there are many antique shops. Was there so many antique shops because so many foreigners came? I had the impression that there were many antique shops. The Toshogu Shrine is currently being restored and I could not see any of them, but the magnificent Toshogu Shrine was a masterpiece. The complexity of the sculpture, gold leaf ornaments. I felt that after 400 years, this still shows the authority of Tokugawa Shogun.
I talked to my friend about how this building really deserves to be registered as a World Heritage Site. What I felt strongly this time was that Toshogu was very much influenced by Chinese culture. Or Japanese art has been heavily influenced by Chinese culture. The color scheme, like the combination of colors, has certainly been influenced by various Feng Shui, it comes from China, when I saw the Toshogu, I just thought "Chinese." It is not a bad meaning, but it is an interpretation of Impression that this is "Chinese" to say that I feel that Asia is still connected. It took more than an hour to see the Toshogu Shrine. A guide explained nearby that the sleeping cat is actually a cat with a pulse. Looking at the cat from the side, one sees that it is not a sleeping cat, but is in a pose to jump at any time. Many people took a pose to imitate these three monkeys, it was funny to watch these people. There were many visitors to Toshogu Shrine. This time, I also visited the lobby of the Kanaya Hotel for the first time. It is a great hotel, it is first class. It was a nice historic building. My dream is to eat there someday. Today's day trip was also valuable. But in winter I would like to go there someday. German chiropractic Zushi