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... We stopped by the amusing 'England House' which had a Baker Street sign outside and a reconstruction of Sherlock Holmes' office - needless to say we didn't pay to go in. By this time it was again very hot (high 30's) and we were using damp towels, fans and water to try and keep cool. Back in the airconned station area we had an excellent lunch of pork balls / chop katsu curry, which was a little sweeter than others we'd tried. We took the train a few ...
... Tea Ceremony. Our host, Miyako, firstly explained all the different tea making utensils (many more than you might think!) and then showed us how a traditional tea ceremony is conducted. It almost has a kind of meditative quality: the preparation and purification of all the utensils is very important and every movement is very deliberate. After being treated to a Japanese sweetie, we had a go at making some tea ourselves by whisking the tea powder in hot ...
... a look around the place and try their local specialty dish which was cool. ...
... 5 minutes of leaving the station you pass a life-sized statue of Elvis Presley playing the guitar, draped with Hawaiian flower necklaces and his music permanently blaring out into the street. The weird thing was it was in the middle of nowhere with nobody else about! After this we headed over to the symbol that was built to commemorate the city's revival from the '95 earthquake. Normally you'd expect some sort of plaque or stone pillar or something along those lines. ...
... on the first train back to Kyoto. Unfortunately, I had gone for the local train and it was over an hour before I reached my destination. I finished the day by going out for sushi and a couple of beers.
Saturday dawned and I wasn't up at the crack for once. I had managed to sleep in until 11 despite the early plastic bag rustlers and the disfunctional bedtime breathers. I felt rested and ready to tackle a walk around the tourist-teeming Higashiyama district after ...