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Leisurely morning before taking off on foot to the Heian Shrine. It is a short distance away. Early in our approach we see a huge bright orange Tori gate in front of us that we pass through to enter the Heian-Jingu Shrine area. This shrine is very wide and has two other adjacent buildings that surround a large stone courtyard. We are able to watch a ceremony of sorts within the temple but no photos are allowed ...
... Imperial Family. Not a great hardship, given the Shogun was related to the Imperial family when his daughter married the Emperor.
The castle was renamed Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo) and donated to the City of Kyoto in 1939.
The Ninomaru Palace is an elegant structure, quite simple in design, in a style favoured by the warrior class. It was here that the Shogun lived and conducted affairs of state. The palace consists of many ...
The day started with an incorrect train that was an express and shot us many stations past where we were meant to be. The conductor just laughed at us and showed us how to catch the correct one back. Duffers. We finally got to the place we were attempting to get to and knew we were in the right tourist area as there were people dressed up in traditional clothes with rickshaws. I noticed they didn't ask us if we wanted a ride- we ...
... of iced water and my bowl of noodles in broth was served. Whilst waiting for my meal I watched and listened to my fellow diners in order to work out how best to eat them with chopsticks. Noisily slurping up the noodles is a skill I still have to acquire - my efforts resulting in splashes of broth all over me!
After lunch the 100m Kyoto Tower had excellent views over the city, and I followed that with a visit to the ...
... 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 ...
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