Here comes the rain again

Trip Start Oct 28, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

We said our goodbyes to the lovely wee landlady of the Ryokan and left our bags in lockers at Kyoto station. However we were limited as to what we could do, with the heavens opening up before us. Nara was out, but Junya wanted to go to this famous shrine with many Tori. After explaining to me that it was the one in Memoirs of a Geisha (Sayuri) off we went, knowing that Mum would have loved it. Well once she saw the film, that is. It certainly was worth it, not that I can remember the name, rows upon rows of red Tori's, beautiful.
After that, off to Nijojo, the mideveal (maybe) castle in the centre of Kyoto. Ironically the only other time I've been there it was pissing down as well. Although Kyoto's beautiful even in the rain. My family definitely enjoyed Kyoto, they felt it had more a feel of Glasgow about it, especially the people, compared to Tokyo, Yokohama. Something I agree with. Although similar to Edinburgh in history etc Kyoto is definitely more friendly and welcoming than the midden capitals of Scotland or Japan.
Before we knew it were back on the Shinkansen speeding towards Yokohama and really looking forward to it.
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