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Today we had planned to visit the many temples in Higashiyama but as it was raining, and with no signs of improvement we decide to first head to the Kyoto Museum instead, as it's an indoor attraction and it seemed much less likely that we'd get wet. The museum was quite interesting. Primarily, it told the history of the city and there were also some special exhibits that were worth seeing. Before leaving we bought some souvenir postcards to display at home when we get back. I ...
... and rumor has it you can spot geisha moving around the narrow streets lined with traditional wooden houses. Sure enough, we spotted a couple of women all dressed up and on their own, most likely geisha going from one appointment to another. Just to clear things up, geisha are not prostitutes, they are very skilled entertainers. After enjoying the very atmospheric district our feet had just about given up on us so we recharged our batteries ...
... my stuff at a hotel in Osaka.
Anyway we are where we are. My trip seems to have been punctuated with war themes:
- Pol Pot ...and the killing fields
- Vietnam war ....and the Cu Chi tunnels
- Hanoi ..... the war again and its museums and prisons
- even Angkor Wat
- the Shogun castles
- and now Hiroshima
Everywhere the people talk of peace, the notice on my train in front of me now reads
"Go, go, ...
... half an hour out.
Once on the the Shinkansen it was a relaxing, scenic two hour and forty minute ride to Kyoto. A high light of the trip was that the weather was fantastic and we were able to have a clear view of Mount Fuji. Every now and again we also took in the view from inside of our eye lids.
In Kyoto we changed over to the local subway and caught a train to one of the closer stations to our hotel where the hotel shuttle bus ...
... to a solicitors!
We saw several trainee Geisha and some of the older ones. They had very high (4 inches) wooden platform shoes (like flip flops), the most beautiful kimonos and sashes, their hair was piled high, lacquered and then had wonderfully ornate hair ornaments in them and then they all had the white face makeup which went round to the back of their necks. They looked like something out of another era - they could have stepped right out of ...