Nara Plaza Hotel
Travel Blogs from Tenri
... internet connection if I sat in one particular corner of the dormitory. All of this, combined with caffeine withdrawal headaches, led to something of a mini-emotional breakdown where I threw up my hands, questioned every reason I had to come back here (and, more broadly, everything I want to do with my life), and angrily went to bed at 6 pm.
Thankfully, today was much better. Well-rested and connected to the internet, I bicycled down to the Main Sanctuary ...
... ourselves pleasantly surprised by a few groups of Geisha out walking. They are so beautiful and goodness only knows how they were coping in all those layers in 28 degrees. One of the things I love about their outfits is when you look at all the fabrics they're wearing, they don't match yet they all go so well together. Two of the Geisha were deaf, doing sign language to each other. Another 2 that we found were out on a ...
... clear and warm - and we spent another hour or so just walking around observing them. It was a very cool way to spend a morning. Remember the tea ceremonies that we were party to back in China? Today we found the full meal deal, so to speak. In Kyoto. Two ladies, kimonos, kneeling on tatami mats, and appropriately antique tea equipment. There were four of us guests attending the ceremony. Ian, myself, and two young (20 something) ...
... all you can eat sushi train buffet. I have never seen somebody devour as
much food as Eiji Nachi. He used to be 120kg, now just 82kg but wow, with no
exaggeration he inhaled 40 pieces of sushi in around fifteen minutes. Then he
had dessert. I have never seen anything like it!
A truly amazing day, I feel as though I have
learnt more today than in my whole last semester of University study. The
Japanese culture is fascinating.
... Minds suitably blown..we took the subway back to Kyoto and after along lovely bath *Japanese know how to do baths!! Joe wants one at home now* we headed into the old central area of Gion.
Gion is a good walkaround..a little on the expensive side for eats. If you are lucky, you will see an authentic Geisha out and about. We were very fortunate to see two in the back of a cab...only briefly...but it rounded off the day well.