Tuesday, November 15, 2005


The alleged President of the United States, who in a sterling performance all round has thus far spent 46 days in Europe and nearly a year in Crawford but only 13 days in Asia - where the next few centuries of world hegemony have been forming while he cut brush - is in Japan now; Crawford no longer provides sufficient distance from reality. Kyoto, just over the mountain, is the only Japan stop on his package tour of Asia, whose purpose is to demonstrate the region’s prominence on his agenda, whatever that might be.

In Kyoto he will visit Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), which visit could be taken as a subtle hint by the Japanese government (who are beginning to see things as the rest of the world does), since the original pavilion was built in 1387 by Retired Shogun (hint, hint) Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.

Kinkakuji can be accessed by direct bus number 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station, though it might be quicker and less complicated for the Prez and Pickles to take the Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station, whence the temple can be reached by a short bus ride, though I doubt if the Prez, who is so unfamiliar with Asia, will have change in yen, or know how to buy tickets.


Maethelwine said...

I can hear his objections to the bus or subway options now. "Bus? No sir, I came all the way to Japan and I'm going to ride in one of them deals where the little bald fella in the bathrobe pulls you around."

Robert Brady said...

One o' them samurai fellers.

Chancy said...

Please Keep Him ...with our compliments..

or to paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield

"Take my President........Please"

Robert Brady said...

Sorry, but he belongs to China now.