Flexing in 45 degrees in Kyoto, Japan—12/7/12

Back in town after two weeks in Kyoto, Japan. Too busy sightseeing and visiting my son to write here as well, but I did some exercise every single day…even when I was traveling 20+ hours to/from the continents. Now 402 continuous days of some exercise in addition to tennis or five miles of walking around Kyoto. Loved the hotel gym.

The Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine shown above is made up of over 10,000 vermillion “gates” called torii that are set so close to each other they form 2 1/2 miles of tunnels. They are donated by businesses hoping for wealth and good luck. I couldn’t resist posing in this colorful backdrop in spite of the cool, damp weather. The locals just assumed I was a typical crazy American stripping to the waist in low 40’s temperatures.

It’s been awhile since I showed some abs. I’m glad that I still have a few cut lines, though my more modest workouts are not building any muscle. Doing the daily exercises at all is a source of great pride, because I am often so tired that I procrastinate for hours, even though it only takes 5-15 minutes.

a single torii with a fox messenger in pink bib at each side