Before seeing maple leaves, I already got a very realistic view of some pine needles behind some Christmas decoration at the airport.
and had to wait for my plane
This time, I had to go to a terminal I've never been to.
part of my "new" terminal
My departure gate.
As it's pretty boring to simply sit there waiting, I got up and caught some reflections
It's interesting to see what effects of off-glass reflections can do to normal vision: one can get windows on landing port stair.
aeroplane, landing port extension and windows got all jumbled together
one can even get some windows in the sky!
Finally, the plane is taxi-ing out on the runway
My last look of the foggy airport
and finally up the sky: waves from three boats describing an arc
Although I've been flying many times off this airport, I seldom did so in daylight. So it's a welcome change this time.
I got to look at the city from a very different perspective
moving further and further along the flight path.
away from the built up areas
The hills are receding
until they begin to look a bit like those "maps" on my primary school geography books before aerial photos become popular
Soon, there was nothing but a boat below
and clouds above
From time to time, there'd be some breaks in the clouds
but it seems that even up in the sky, there's still hierarchy
there are clouds above other clouds
some more turbulent than others.
But the hierarchy was broken by my snack
and I could finally rise above the stormy clouds
But wait a minute, there's turbulence again as we descended.
I could see the clouds swirling around me
But beneath the turbulence, I got a glimpse of the Osaka International Airport
It was raining.
I could see another plane taxi-ing in
The watch tower at the airport
We're moving in now closer to the landing gate
finally stopping beside another Hong Kong airline
I was greeted by another Christmas decoration outside my hotel
The hotel lobby
The inside of the huge lamp shade
Flower display at semi-circular sitting area of the reception hall
Flowers beside the reception counter
various prizes for the Christmas lucky draw
various Moet & Chandon wines
Part of the hotel dining area
After checking in, we had to get some tourist pamphlets and train tickets at the Kyoto Railway Station for our destination the following day.
A model Japanese palace outside the railway station
On one side of the station, there was a lit huge ribbon
on the other side, a huge Christmas tree
with changing lights
even the stairs to the 11-storey building was lit.
A pavilion at the roof floor
from which one could get a panoramic view of the city at night
Looking down from the roof
There's a famous "Ramen" (a kind of Japanese noodle) street on the 10th floor
This is a very famous restaurant from Hokkaido
a picture of the original restaurant in Hokkaido
But one had first to buy the meal ticket from a vending machine outside the restaurant
where lots of choices are displayed on the screen
On the table are four eggs which are included in the price
All the condiments
Two of the young waitresses there
This is my choice
An advertisement stand outside the restaurant
The adjacent restaurant
The Christmas tree in the middle became three: an additional one on each side of the stairs as reflections
getting down after the meal to get back to our hotel
Another look at the famous tower right opposite the train station before returning to the hotel.