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... at night is pretty interesting. Young women with pasty white faces being whisked off in expensive cars. There is a Geisha school in Kyoto. The word Geisha translates as "arts person". At the school they become skilled at traditional music, dance and games and learn to be entertainers who act as hostesses.
On our last morning in Kyoto we wandered through the Ryosoku-in Temple & Museum, crossed over the bridge to do some more wandering ...
... also has a beautiful garden and blossoming sakuras, which are past full bloom now and are raining myriads of petals, like pink blizzard.
Since we had some time to kill before the geisha performance in the evening, we had some quick lunch at an udon place (where you got noodles and could add as much soup as you wanted on top), and then checked out the very interesting Kyoto International Manga ...
... something that we would experience in Kyoto at all (Kyoto is quite south in the country) let alone so soon into our trip! We attempted to take photos but there was so little snow really that I'm not sure of how well they will have turned out.
After spending some time at the temple up in the beautiful forest in Kyoto we caught a taxi back further towards the centre of the city to Fujii Daimaru, a large department store consisting of several floors of clothing stores. While ...
... to walk thru an area chockablock full of souvenirs and then take the lift to the top. It was very nice and especially pretty at night. There were large telescopes so you could look out at the various landmarks and temples. When we left we had the opportunity of having a photo with some Japanese cartoon characters of some sort - they look a bit like those teletubbie guys on tv. So we declined. We found a restaurant close by for dinner, it looked a bit more upmarket, and we ...
... we were shelling out almost a full day's budget on dinner we couldn't justify the expense. So instead we spent the next couple of hours exploring the Kitana area and doing a full loop of the sight-seeing bus!!!
Anyway, 5pm soon came and we managed to find a steak house serving Kōbe beef. The beef is graded with the best Kōbe beef being grade A1, this means an A1 price tag. We ended up going for a grade 3 and 4. The beef was cooked teppenyaki-style, ...
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