This January I was able to check two very important items off my "things I really want to do list." 1 - Always travel in January (because it's cold, dark, and slow in Portland) and 2 - Travel to Japan. I spent 10 days exploring the streets, shrines and temples of Kyoto and took a Shinkansen (bullet train) ride to Tokyo for a quick overnight trip. I knew I was going to do a lot of walking on this trip, and I like to travel light, so I only brought my Lonely Planet Kyoto guide and a discrete Leica Q camera which served me very well. I find that an unassuming camera is the best way to photograph life on the street because you can capture natural situations without drawing attention to myself. Kyoto offers a fascinating old-world view of Japan, as well as some of the most spectacular shrines and temples in all of Japan. January is the low season so the city is less crowded, although if I do make another trip it would be in the spring to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. The people are also remarkable, and I made a couple of friends during my stay. If you have an opportunity to go I highly recommend it.