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... thread to resist the dyes that the kimono fabric is dipped in. We were told in a kimono there might be 150,000 points fabric wound with silk! Following this we walked up to Gingakaju-ji, another temple on the east side of the city bordered by the mountains. We took the bus back to the Gion district, packed with university students and then promptly walked in circles on our way back to the hotel. Maps here are constantly flipped so that the top is hardly ever ...
... was applied after the white coating had dried completely.
Next was the actual kimono. The place had one whole wall filled with kimonos. I was told to only pick one from a roped off section, and when I asked why I was told that those were the colors of the current season. Well, at least they saved me from getting weird looks by wearing the wrong kimono color and pattern. After a brief discussion with the stylist, we settled on ...
... to apply for permission in advance to be able to go inside, but the gardens were impressive in themselves. About 1.3km north to south and 0.7km east to west, they take quite some walking, but made for a nice afternoon stroll.
After a rest at the hotel we ventured out for dinner, and happened upon a rather swanky Japanese restaurant. Feeling somewhat adventurous we gave it a go. ...
... park itself, but we did have dinner and a brief wander in the area just outside, where there are a lot of shops and restaurants. Olivia and Elias were captivated by a street performer whose act involved a combination of magic tricks and break dancing; they stayed for three performances. Cindy and I took advantage to hit the nearby market for a few supplies, as we didn’t have a good sense of what kind of food was going to be available on the boat. ...
... the screwface and it got the picture and backed off :)
I was going to go see some of the smaller temples in Nara but it's was stupidly hot and humid today and i was tired of being a sweaty mess so i retreated back to the hotel and the air-con :P Tomorrow I'm moving on from Kyoto - i must say i do like this city, it's got a great mix of old and new Japan. I'm only in Osaka for a day but we'll see what it has to offer!