Hotel Oaks Kyoto Shijo
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... away. Sam Jackson and Catherine were able to finish theirs without incident. Maybe it was a karmic message telling me something?!
The planning I'd done prior to the trip involved a few lessons on typically Japanese activities, including a cooking class (for me and Sam Jackson), a calligraphy class (for Sam and Catherine), a Kendo class (Japanese sword fighting), a tea ceremony and kimono lesson, and a family archery class.
Tomoko was the guide ...
... t sip saki until we got to Kyoto!
Had an early start the next day as one of the families had to leave by 7am and the cabins had to be vacated early. No problem.... we had to be out of the cabin but we didn't have to leave the area until later in the afternoon.
Shane taught Hiraoki and Takamichi to play 'chicken' with Gosuke and Shota sitting on their shoulders. What a hoot!! Later I went off with the little ones to catch newts in the ...
... You can even hear the sound brush of the winds to the bamboo leaves. These are indeed the wonderful beauty of nature. I would love stay a little bit longer but we need to move on to the Sagano sites.
Next stop was the Togetsukyo bridge, the pleasant view of the Katsura river with its smooth flowing sound was invigorating. After taking pictures, we head on to look for more temples. Following my principles of trusting my ...
... trail, as soon as you step into them you escape from the bustle of the city into an oasis of quiet calm where you can take a deep breath of the incense filled air and relax. Kennin-ji, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, fit this bill perfectly and I spent some time just wandering through the grounds and admiring the Zen rock gardens.
From there, I walked through more of Gion towards Kiyomizudera Temple, which is perched on a hill with beautiful ...
... With Graeme still needing to sleep the next morning, Bryan and I headed for the Apple Store to investigate a problem with my iPod. When we got back to the hotel in the afternoon Graeme felt much better and we headed out to watch the local Hanshin Tigers baseball game. (See Separate Entry)
Today is Sept 30 and there is a typhoon making its way north from Okinawa. The weather
here is lousy . The wind ...