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... salad. In our small space we attempt a new configuration of our table and stools for two and I manage to flip my fork off my plate while I'm trying to sit down, and literally toss my salad all over me! A change of clothes and we are off to walk the Gion District, the most famous a geisha area. We pass by quite a few women and some men dressed in traditional day kimonos. A couple of girls are with ...
... windows. Each room for visiting officials and family members was beautifully decorated, with a raised plarform at one end, where the Shogun would sit. The beauty of the rooms also a powerful reminder of the wealth, status and power of the Shogun.
The living quarters of the Shogun were also beautifully painted, but in more subdued colours rather than the more showy gold leaf murals in the official chambers. The gold leaf murals ...
... was established in 1339 in memory of Emporer Go-Daigo. The site originally housed the first zen temple in the ninth century. The site has been ravaged by fire 8 times and the current buildings were from 1869. This one led into the bamboo grove which is something I really wanted to see. It is quite pretty and we wandered through it trying to get some photos without other people in it. It is just a simple walkway through the ...
... up in the Geisha district of Pontocho. The narrow alleyways are lined with restaurants, some of which have decks overlooking the river. Low tables and sitting on the floor isn't very easy, but the presentation and quality of the food made up for the discomfort. Not sure exactly what we had, but I did recognise tempura and there were a few dishes with fish, Japanese pickles and .....?
West of Kyoto all day today. Got an all day pass on the Randen Train line, one of the many smaller private train companies that operate in Japan. This may be the smallest though, each train is only one car and by midday we had ridden every mile of track in the company. Our first stop was Egamura, a film studio where you can wander through sets used in tv shows of ...
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