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... by another hoard, the shopping variety. Built up in front of the temple is a pedestrian shopping area set as in traditional Japanese market style. I duck out to a side street and encounter a Geisha house. But no ordinary Geisha house is this. It is full of male Geisha's. I guess if you are a Japanese Drag Queen why not emanate one of the most recognizable female characters of Japanese society?
After what feels like hours ...
... a deserted train stop for a while, then walked around the Nishi Kasai area.
In the evening a group of us wanted to go to out to dinner at a place that advertised Pizza and Wine. We went there and it was extremely small and they said it required a reservation. Booooo. So we wandered around for many a moon trying to find a decent replacement. Many of the places did not have English ...
... and bicarbonate in them (even better for you I'm told). The rooms are beautiful, traditional tatami matted with paper sliding doors and shutters and your futon bed is laid out for you whilst you are at dinner and put away during breakfast. There isn't a much better day where all you do is walk around in your yukata (gown) and slippers, bathe in the onsen, drink green tea, eat amazing amazing food, sit in massage chairs, sleep and repeat again. Sadly this concept is slowly dying ...
... we had about Japan and it's culture as well as use her as a sounding board for our planned route through the country. We met in lovely restaurant called Gonpachi, not something any of you would have heard of, unless you've seen Kill Bill, in which case you might recognise it from one of the fight scenes. The food was amazing, offering us a taste of the many different cuisines that Japan has on offer. By the end of the evening, we were well prepared for the next stage of our ...
... to sleep and got woken up by the alarm at 8:30. I had not managed to sleep much on the plane at all, so I had been awake for about 24 hours. I find it hard to sleep while sitting up, and the seats were not super comfortable to begin with, but at least the flight brought me to my dream: Japan.
Tuesday, June 11th: Today were were a bit more rested and the ground was not moving any more (probably some weird kind of air-sickness, because it felt like I was on a boat). ...
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