I recently took a trip to the nearby town of Tsuwano. Unfortunately, it was a grey and drizzly day, turning a pretty little town with quaint streets and streams of golden carp into a bit of a miserable place. Tsuwano is one of many towns in Japan people refer to as a ‘little Kyoto’. Like its big brother, it boasts a luminous tunnel of red Tori gates, gradually winding their way to a Buddhist temple. Tsuwano’s are not really comparable to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto (see my blog post here), they are like a tribute act- fun to see, but just not the same. Still, they brightened a drab day, the rain even providing umbrellas as props.