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Kyoto Day Three
Alistair: House mate, friend and Anime enthusiast, with three prior visits to Japan under his belt, his sound understanding of Nihongo (Japanese Language) made him the Japanese Master.
David: My other friend and house mate who was far too tall for Japan, David was destined to hit his head on every low doorway. Dave's love of Shinkansen (bullet trains) had him quickly rise to become the ...
... spring that provides water to cleanse and drink. There is a ceremony that visitors can participate in and is said to give the participants good health, wealth and wisdom. The ceremony is simple and consists of collecting water in a mug, pouring it on the left hand, then the right, then catching the water in the left, drinking that water and, finally, holding the cup up to allow the water to empty and run down. This is, by the way, also the way to cleanse before entering ...
KYOTO DAY 1
Today is our first full day in Kyoto. Kyoto is the center of tourism for Japan. It is the 6th largest city. There are huge crowds everywhere, mainly school children doing field trips. Today it is going to be warm, about 73 degrees.
Our first stop is Kinkajou/Rokuon-ji Temple or the Golden Pavilion. This was originally a shogun's house. It was built in the 1500's. The temple burned ...
... To enter the palace, we had to remove our shoes of course. You take them off before you can step onto the wooden steps leading up to the floor level of the castle. Plastic slip on slippers are provided. We used these as the floors were very cold. One of the floors was constructed very carefully so the that wooden planks would move over carefully positioned nails to squeak. The floor is in the so called Nightingale Hall as the squeaking as people ...
... 12354;まい (sweet). The kids started picking and giving to me say "this one for you Mr. Evelyn". I ended up eating about 5 oranges and taking home over 10 and two persimmon. I am yet to try the persimmon though.
All in all it was a nice field trip, beautiful scenery and sweet ...