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... with an oar pushing us along in the river. That two hours makes a gym workout completely unnecessary. These guys are fit!
This river boat trip is promoted as 'raging torrents and breathtaking ravines' but it really was just floating along with beautiful scenery and the ocassional sway across minimum sized rapids. We didn't understand a word but it was so relaxing and the ocassional splash from the oar was welcome in todays heat.
The boat moored in Arashiyama and ...
... journey but are struggling with the Japan only version. We press the help button expecting another face to pop of a hole in the wall, instead she sneaks up behind us like a ninja "Konichiwa" FFS! After scaring us she then shows us how to get a day pas and we leave for the standard couple of subway trips to the hotel.
It's warm in Kyoto, not blazing sun but warm, sunny and humid. We reach our station and I carry all three bags up 60 steps ...
... packed bus, of which there are many, you queue to get off either by paying the exact amount of fare to the driver or passing your card through the machine - this takes time, and based on this mornings trip to the other side of the city, a lot of time (where's Myki when you need it?).
Anyway - it still got us around (but the process was repeated on the 4 buses we took today - I shall refrain from mentioning it again.
... during the start of the New Year. If one’s house is large enough they should have small shrine’s in their home for daily prayer, but Kana said unfortunately, the younger generation don’t have shrines and are loosing their connection or understanding of the religion of their ancestors. There are obviously rituals that should happen when entering a shrine and temple, but many kids or young adults don’t know what to do and are oblivious ...
... no-ma (Young Pine Room)
Tozamurai-no-ma (Retainers' Room)
Shikidai-no-ma (Reception Room)
Rōchu-no-ma (Ministers' Offices)
Chokushi-no-ma (Imperial Messenger's Room)
The Ōhiroma (Great Hall) is the central core of the Ninomaru Palace and consists of four chambers:
Ichi-no-ma (First Grand Chamber)
Ni-no-ma (Second Grand Chamber)
San-no-ma (Third Grand Chamber)