Hotel Station Kyoto
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... scooter who led us past the school sports fields to Rumi's house.
We had already heard that the Japanese were into baseball, but EVERY time we went past the field, it had a team of kids on it in proper uniforms looking almost professional.
After introducing ourselves and agreeing to meet up for dinner later, we headed back into Kyoto to do some sight-seeing.
Higashi Honganji and Nishi Honganji
... on the go has helped me enjoy the moment all the more. But there have been two places (so far) that we weren't ready to leave when the time came: Zermatt (where we only stayed 4 nights) and now, Kyoto. This came as a complete surprise to me…I would not have predicted I'd love its character so much. It's an imminently livable city, and I know we'll return someday.
... liquor... a specialty of the area. I prefer plump, juicy, purple, sweet plums myself! Never did try the liquor.
At the train station the finality of the situation set in. We had made new friends and reconnected with our Japanese family....here is where we say goodbye. Mayumi and family are planning to come to Canada next summer which made it a little easier. Yumi and her family, however, had just survived their first big 'foreigner' experience ...
... ji temple. Several students were going on a field trip as well. Tourist were also swarming thus you are assured that you won't get lost once you get off Kinkaku-ji mae bus station.
The kinkaku-ji temple or also known as the Golden pavilion did not fail to impress me. In whatever angle you take, the picture will give an absolute beauty of the the temple. Moving along the path of the temple, we have met some kids who were having a field trip and learning activity of meeting ...
... so my sister should be jealous :)
After exiting that manga nerd paradise, we took a bus to the downtown area again, had some dessert there (I ordered two cakes due to misunderstanding) and finally walked to Gionkobu Kaburenjo theatre that celebrates the beginning of Spring with a splendid annual Miyako Odori performance. This year's performance was 142nd. Miyako Odori gives geiko (geisha in ...