A few museums

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 17, 2013

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

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The weather forecast was for rain so I decided I'd visit a few museums.  I grabbed an umbrella at the Front Desk on my way out and headed for Shiori-an, which I understood to be a kimono museum.  I found the place and went in.  They had changed their usual displays for some reason although nobody spoke enough English to explain what was going on.  I wandered around the building, which is an interesting mix of traditional Japanese with Western influences, and then headed out.

The next museum I went to was Museum of Kyoto.  As soon as I got there I realized I had left the umbrella at Shiori-an.  Naturally, it started raining as I walked back.  That turned out to be the only time I needed the umbrella all day.  By the time I had retrieved the umbrella it had stopped raining.

After retrieving the umbrella and going back to the Museum of Kyoto I paid and headed up the elevator to the start of their exhibits on the 4th floor.  The top two floors had an exhibit called Famous Places in Kyoto that featured works that showed various parts of the city.  Very little of the information about the works was translated into English on the labels.  The 2nd floor had an exhibit called History of Kyoto, for which there was an audio guide although very little of what was written in Japanese seemed to be translated on the audio guide.  The first floor is just restaurants and shops. 

Next was the Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto.  It's pretty much just one room that contains a bunch of kaleidoscopes that you're allowed to pick up and look through.  They also do a show every hour where they turn off the lights and turn on a bunch of projectors that shine the patterns from kaleidoscopes onto the walls.  I liked the show and the museum.

The last museum of the day was the Kyoto International Manga Museum. As I feared, most of the displays were in Japanese. A large part of the attraction of the museum seems to be to come and read works from their extensive collection, which are almost all in Japanese. I can't say I got much out of the museum. 

I headed for a place called Yoramu that was recommended as a place to try sake.  I tried a few sweet sakes.  They were good but I didn't like any of them as much as the sweet sake I had had at Nihonryori RyuGin.  I also wound up having dinner.  I was planning on eating somewhere else but Yoramu's has a vegetarian menu with a number of interesting dishes so I decided to eat there.  I tried something called tofuyo, which is tofu aged in awamori liquor, which is a distilled sake, that tasted a lot like blue cheese and that I liked a lot.
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