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... in a cafe on the main entrance to Gion and watched the world go by. We saw another geisha walk past and enjoyed the opportunity to be part of this wonderful setting. By now we had gained some confidence and realised that home was a short 2.5 km walk from where we were so we headed off. The first part was enjoyable, but I have to say that by the end of it we were all trudging and by the time we got home we took about 30 seconds to fall ...
... open air shopping mall that far surpassed my expectations. There were music stores, clothing (for men even, something you don't see much of in Japan), food, souvenirs, religious shops, cosmetics, and everything in between. Still, we could not find reasonably priced duffle bags. They were all between 70 and 300 dollars. My friend, however, pointed out that their were large, used, canvas guitar cases for sale at ten dollars a piece. It actually fits all of my extra crud quite nicely. ...
men noodles, according to Victor. It
took a good hour winding through crowds and traffic to locate this tiny
place. It was a bar with 7 small
stools. We were given ice water and a
menu. The menu only had about 10 items
on it. We both selected the noodles with
pork slices. First they ladle a white
broth into a huge bowl. Noodles are
added and mixed, spices are added and the pork is laid out ...
... at Shirakawago just as it began to snow. Moments like that make the whole trip worth it, and there were many of them both on this trip and the last.
- Cultural differences. As painful as some aspects of Japanese life can be (please no more futons and green tea), a society based around the ideals of respect is a very pleasant change. Little things, like staff welcoming you into a restaurant, and thanking you with enthusiasm when ...
... had delicious tempura and PIP and sema both had crab-sushi.
Then we went to Gion Corner where we got straight in, and watched the interesting parade of different japanese traditions. I especially enjoyed the Bunraku - puppet play.
Now we're home, early for once, and tomorrow we're going back to Tokyo.
Oh and PIP bought a massive platypus plushie :D