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Kyoto Day 2

Kyoto Travel Blog

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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.

  Or you can just shop, which is what I did.  Made it in time for the 1:00pm kimono show, which was unplanned but fortunate none the less, then spent an hour or two pouring over the offerings in the shop above the runway.  Most of my gifts for friends were purchased here-- traditional purses, wallets, scarves, even page sized 'scraps' of ornate fabrics to frame or use.

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.

These girls were doing the musical camera round so I offered to take pictures of them all together, then asked if could take one of my own--
  Had the weather been nicer, it would have been nice to spend several hours just walking about but it was not a day for lingering out of doors.

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. 

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These girls were doing the musical…
These girls were doing the musica…
Kinkaku-ji... in the rain as luck …
Kinkaku-ji... in the rain as luck…
I made the bowl!
I made the bowl!
Inari!
Inari!
Goose at Ryoan-ji
Goose at Ryoan-ji
Ryoan-ji in the rain
Ryoan-ji in the rain
Am unsure what was going on while …
Am unsure what was going on while…
The kimono show at the textile cen…
The kimono show at the textile ce…
Yet another interesting business i…
Yet another interesting business …
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