Hotel Asyl Nara
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- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Banquet room
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... at the age of twenty. During this time they live with other Maikos in a boarding house, nurtured by the boarding house mother who finances their expenses and education. They attend daily classes on the tea ceremony, traditional dance, playing the shamisen (a Japanese guitar), flower arranging, singing etc. During their apprenticeship they perform at functions, but are usually accompanied by a Geiko who acts as a mentor. At the age of twenty, they become a Geiko and leave ...
... she, and especially Youki, were flabbergasted by our pool. The Japanese mainly live in a boxhouse about 1.5 times our garage. The vast majority have an upstairs for the bedrooms and Youki was having trouble accepting the size of our house.
Seeing pictures of all of us from 14 years ago was a hoot. Adam and Chloe have grown up, and as we see them everyday you don't realise how much. It must have been Hiroko's camera, but Wendy and I had not aged at all.
... the incredible Todai-ji temple in the middle of town. This temple is rather beautiful on the exterior, it is the traditional brown and white with a marvelous roof-top. Inside, there are three massive statues of Buddha that we were awe-struck by. It was simply enormous inside and we took time to walk around the statues and admire them.
Hungry and not sure where to go (as was often the case in Japan), we picked a random street ...
I knew our luck with trains couldn't last forever and this morning I managed to get us onto the right train, but going in the wrong direction. By the time we'd realised my mistake and managed to rectify it we'd missed our next train to Kyoto. Thankfully as Kyoto is only 15 minutes away from Osaka by bullet train it is a regular service so we still got there at a decent time. We were booked onto an afternoon tour ...
... a large area densely populated with bamboo. Reminded both of us immediately of the scene from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and we both wanted to start swinging through the trees. Hopefully the pictures do it justice - it really was something else. Even though outside the forest, the weather was very grey and a little drizzly, inside was just... green. Even the green filter on Tina's camera couldn't quite cut it. Just. Green. We loved it.
We then headed south, across ...