Kyoto Day 4
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In the morning, when we were leaving the hotel, it was raining. I saw that many people who walked in front of the hotel brought transparent umbrellas. What a beautiful umbrella. In Indonesia, there is no umbrella like that. Again, I acted like a village people, easily amazed by a simple thing.
On the way to the first school we were going to visit, we met a traffic jammed. It was surprising, I thought I would not find one here in Japan, but today I did :D
Nagaoka 8 was the elementary school that we visited today. The students didn't wear uniform. I just knew that the students who wore uniform were only junior and senior high school students. We were welcomed by the school management and also grade six students. They played recorder and sang beautiful songs.
This school had a special program, healthy eating program. The mascot was a purple sweet potato. A journalist came to interview us. I didn't know who chose me to answer his questions. He asked me about our visit so far. I told him how I was amazed by the students' discipline and the cleanliness of Japanese schools.
Our second visit for today was Rokuon-ji Temple or Golden Pavilion. But, before we went there we had lunch first at Westin Shing Miyako. Rokuon-ji was a villa of a shogun before turned into a temple. It was situated in a middle of a pond. The exterior walls were covered by gold.
After from Rokuon-ji, we would have a Tea Ceremony. The ceremony took place at a traditional house. We went to the back part of the house. We passed small garden before we reached a small room. There were not many furniture in that room, as I remember there were only some paintings and calligraphy.
We were accepted by two gentelmen, one young and one old. They were father and son. They delivered us a tea bowl for each. Each bowl had different picture. The tea ceremony was a new thing for me. I felt so lucky I could experience it. [I will write a review about it]
As usual, we had dinner before we went back to the hotel. Most of my friends wanted to shop.
Ibu Halimah told me that she wanted to buy her son a jacket. Since it was winter, many jackets were sold. But, I thought the jackets were only suitable for winter, not for in Indonesia. At the first shop, I found a jacket that I was very interested in. Why? Because it was pink and the price was only 1000 yen or about Rp80 000. So, it was really cheap. Without thinking twice, I bought it. Ibu Halimah did the same thing, she bought a jacket too, the color was cream. I told her that she looked like a wife of high rank goverment employee :D, very classy. Then, we continued looking for a jacket for her son. We didn't go too far from the entrance. Unlike our gentlemen friends, they were really serious in shopping for their family.
Then, we went back to the hotel by taxi. The bus didn't wait for us.