Kyoto Day 1, A Long Day
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When we arrived at Kyoto, I noticed that the colors of the buildings were gray or brown. There were no bright colors. The season made the trees leafless. They were all looked gray. I felt that the city was calm and cold.
Even the journey was not too long from Kansai to Kyoto, but some of us had an urge to go to the toilet, including me. So we stopped at Nishi Hongan-ji Temple. It was a huge temple. I went straight to the toilet. The toilet was not in a building. It was not totally closed. There was a ventilation so the air from outside could get in. What happened next was my first experience in a winter. As I sat on the toilet, suddenly I started to tremble.
Before we boarded to the bus again, we took some pictures. In front of the temple, accross the street, there were many people. It seemed that there was a bazaar or something. Then, we continued to the place where we would have lunch.
We had lunch at New Hankyu Hotel. That was our first experience dine in Japan. Since they served pork and we as moslems didn't eat pork, Ibu Miyo helped us to identify which food that we could eat and which ones we couldn't. The food labels were in Japanese and we were illiterate. They served European food. For me it was okay. I saw that everybody was okay except one, Bapak Abdul Mutholib.
After having lunch, we checked in the hotel.
The room was not too large but I liked it enough. What might be a surprise for me was the toilet. The toilet seat was warm and completed with an electric buttons. One of the buttons was the one that could make sound of flush, so our room mate couldn't hear if we urinated.
After we took rest for a while, we were gathered in a small meeting room. We were introduced to Mr Daisuke Hasegawa. He was from MOFA. He was the one that would accompany us during our visit. He spoke English but not Indonesian. We were briefed again and he called our names one by one. He reminded me that I had to do a presentation in front of students in Tokyo. Yes, I had prepared that before I leaved.
We went to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. It was very beautiful. The gate was red and shining reflecting the afternoon sun. From the temple we could see the city. It was made of wood. We met some girls wearing kimono. So, I asked them to take a picture together.
That day, we had our dinner at Isetan. It was a mall integrated with a railway station.
At last we had the seats. I ordered soba something... I didn't remember. I sat with Ibu Halimah. Now, I started to get in trouble. For Indonesian tounge, Japanese food was tasteless.
After we dined, we went back to the hotel by taxis. The bus only dropped us. It was only rented until afternoon. One taxi were allowed to bring 4 passengers only. It was different with Indonesia, one taxi could bring as many passengers as it could. The fare was 600 yen for one trip.
Before going to bed, I took a warm shower. It was so relaxing. Then I was ready for bed, nighty night...