After being in a peaceful, small town of Shitara for four days, it was a bit of a shock to the system to get on the Shinkansen (“Bullet” Train that travels at 185 mph) and arrive in the bustling city of Kyoto with a population of 1.5 million.
The city of Kyoto contains many beautiful temples and historical landmarks dating back over 1,000 years.
Kyoto is filled with every traditional and modern quaint shop, restaurant and amenity imaginable.
Just outside of Kyoto is another town of historical significance, Nara. In Nara, we visited the Tojodai Temple that was constructed 710-794 AD. Similar to cows in India, the deer by this temple are considered sacred, so they are free to roam the grounds.
As I take the long plane ride back to Chicago and am looking forward to seeing my family and friends, grand memories of all the kind people who helped us during this excursion fill my heart with gratitude. Toshiko, Shiho and Patrick were wonderful translators throughout our entire visit. The Shitara Board of Education provided such careful, safe driving through the narrow, winding roads of their city. Mr. Hiramatsu worked diligently with the Shitara Board of Education, the Mayor of Shitara and Arlington Heights District 25, and made possible this wonderful opportunity to expand our global relationships and world focus.