No kinky kimonos in Kyoto

Trip Start Oct 07, 2010
Trip End Mar 13, 2011

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Flag of Japan  , Kinki,
Monday, November 1, 2010

From stepping off the train, this place had a great vibe. Quaint but big enough to have the most amazing Zen gardens, temples, and pagodas. Kyoto is more traditional than Osaka and Tokyo. The architecture of the buildings and the rock gardens made me feel completely at peace, this after a visit to an especially beautiful temple ground complete with a rock garden ending with a walk through a bamboo garden.

Kimonos (or whatever the summer version is called) were far more common and the sheer variety was brilliant - reminded me a lot of my trip to Japan 12 years ago when everyone was out in customary clothes for the summer festivals. Almost got a shot of 3 geishas but they scurried away before I could get a decent shot.

After walking around the river section for a while, we had a small meal in a very cute restaurant next to the larger river and just loved the tepinyaki. The plan was to head back to Osaka but after a quick detour that was both awesome and not super cheap as it involved the ultimate gastronomic experience of the whole trip. Just after seeing the geishas we thought to have a small beer in a place. The chef said someone I didn't quite get, but I said sure why not, so 10 courses later, we rolled out of there. The favorite course had to be the whole fish that came out with the explanation in English: fish boiled in broth (gotta love the Engrish!). In an attempt to be polite, the eyeball was first to be cracked, unfortunately the squishy little bugger just didn't stay in so became splatsky on the table... Yum. I did like how the male toilet had a hand wash that looked like a urinal which reminded me of a story of some Aussies in Japan on business who wondered why the urinal was so high!?... :-)

On return to Osaka, there was an eerily large number of taxis downtown, all waiting for customers. We are talking several thousand at least! That's employment creation outta control. Needless to say our almost Octegenarian didn't look like he had his eyes open but hey, he got us home.
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