Kyoto Day 2
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KINKAKU-JI: Possibly the most recognizable site in Kyoto, an imperial residence turned Zen Temple in the north of the city. It was a bit of a bus ride out, but given the rain it was nice to be dry. I am not sure why, but there were late teenaged girls in kimonos touring the major sites both days I toured Kyoto. I ran into another group of them on my way into Kinkaku-ji. The gardens were absolutely beautiful in the rain-- a million shades of green, all glossy.
NISHIJIN TEXTILE CENTER: This is a great stop for anyone who loves the Japanese fabric and fashion. The textile center offers all sorts of activites from weaving lessons to hiring a kimono to wear out in the city for the day.
RYOAN-JI: When one thinks of a zen rock garden, Ryoan-ji is probably the image they see. Another site a little further out of the city center, but well worth the trip. The rock garden itself is the approximate size of an inground swimming pool, but the grounds surrounding held further medatative beauty. There is a moss garden, ponds and bridges, paths lined with bamboo fences.
I tracked down some last minute shopping but struck out. I had not eaten a sit down meal the entire time I was in Japan so Veronika and I walked over to the underground mall and found a noodle shop that looked good--I had a HUGE bowl of cold noodles with a soy/vinegar sauce and shredded radish. Delicious, although I couldn't begin to eat it all. Then we headed back to the hostel for an early night in preparation for an early morning. Veronika had strained her foot over doing it in flip flops in Arashiama and had decided to go back to her internship early, so we said our goodbyes to Taro and shared a cab to the station. It took me forever to find the platform for the express train to Kansai airport, but all went well and I was on my way. The plane back to Detroit may not have had the personal entertainment console, and the guy next to me wasn't quite as good looking but it had something even better going for it-- the only empty seat on the flight was in our row.