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Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion March 11th 2009

Kyoto is a very cool city! Since I was on a group tour in Japan, most activities were with the entire group, but Kyoto was a time for ourselves. Our group leader Axel gave us a rundown on the city, the sights and the bus system. When we got into Kyoto, I went out to eat with a couple of the girls for a nice sushi meal and it was one of my favorites of the whole trip! Then, a group of us decided to go see Nijo Castle. Nijo Castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Edo Shogunate, as the Kyoto residence for himself and his successors. It survives in its original form and is famous for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors and floors that squeak like nightingales when someone walks on ... read more
Kyoto
Kyoto
Kyoto

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion February 4th 2009

On Tuesday, the last day of my train pass, I headed into Kyoto itself and decided to follow another lonely planet walking tour, walking up Chawa Zaka, Sannen Zaka, Ninen-Zaka, which truth be had are 3 very touristy streets, but they were very cool, full of shops selling traditional Japanese food, sandles and bags etc. At one point I needed to go to the loo, so I asked the owner of a shop I had just bought something from. Well, I said "toilet," I didn't actually made a Japanese sentence. Anyway, she let me borrow hers, although she did warn me it was going to be a Japanese one... Along the way I stopped along the way at Kiyomizu-dera, a large temple complex. I first went into the belly of the Buddha (I think, maybe womb), ... read more
Kiyomizu-dera
Kiyomizu-dera
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Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion November 18th 2008

With only 2 days in Kyoto we could not do the city justice. Literally 100's of temples and fascinating alleyways and streets to explore. However, we did our best. We also had the pleasure of meeting up with 2 of Rami and Rob's friends Tomo and Nicola whose company we enjoyed whilst they very kindly treated us to a superb authentic Japanese and gave us tour of the Gion district taking in the sights.... read more
2 Duncan in the Yakatori bar
3 Kiyomizu Temple (water temple)
4 Girls in Komonos

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion September 12th 2008

12 Sept 08 Today was another lazy day...to a point. It was overcast so the bright (beautiful) sun didn't have us up at the crack of dawn. Still, the girls left early this morning to visit a school to check out the lunches' situation. By all accounts they had a lot of fun and the 3rd graders were so cute that Rachel wants to bring 10 of them back with her. I agree with the concept, but boggle at the quantity! In fact, she said tonight that her as-of-yet-unborn kids are getting sent to Japanese boarding school so they'll be like these kids. High, if slightly strange, praise indeed. I slept in and then blogged. This is fun, but it takes more time than I expected! Plus, I'm running at the mouth like crazy. Just consider ... read more
Gallery of Kyoto
Gallery of Kyoto
Kyoto Int'l Manga Museum

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion August 23rd 2008

They say Kyoto is the most visited tourist destination on the entire planet, eclipsing heavyweights like Paris and New York. Even so, we have yet to spot more than a handful of Westerners. With countless World Heritage listed temples and shrines, the mysterious Geisha underworld and a multitude of calming Zen gardens, Kyoto is in every sense the most traditional of all Japan's large cities. Our Japanses-style guesthouse is in a fantastic location and the cheapest in town. (Who could go wrong for AUD $25 a night?)Management didn't even bat an eyelid when Dave's hair blanketed the tatami after reaching epic lengths. Too tight to pay for a professional cut, he let Pen loose with the kiddie-soft left-handed scissors for the first time in her life. (You be the judge of the results via our blog ... read more
A Real Live Geisha!
Pen Under Torii
Giant Bamboo Grove

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Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion August 16th 2008

Okay, I know that I wasn't going to post anymore Osaka or Kyoto blogs, but this is one that I couldn't omit.... Four wonderful, adventurous, and exciting years have passed while I have lived in Japan, and although I was constantly trying different things and visiting new places, there was one thing that took me forever to do.... become a maiko!!!!! After studying and observing Japanese culture for so long I have always wondered what I would look like dressed as a maiko-san (geisha-in-training), and so on August 16th (my second last day in Japan), I finally decided to visit a studio in Gion. I arrived at 9am and spent the next hour or so choosing my kimono, getting my make-up done, and having a wig pinned to my head. The white powdery make-up was thick, ... read more
Entrance to the Studio in Gion
Introducing:  Maiko-san Lisa
Spot the Foreigner...

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion July 15th 2008

I Headed out with the head teacher of my school to Gion, to see the massive hikiyama carts. They basically shut down that area of the city for 4 days, all the roads are closed, and you can see men and women in traditional summer robes, known as Yukata. It was really nice yet strange to be out with head teacher. I mean I usually see him at school. but part of me felt guilty and wondered 'Is it okay for me to be out drinking with my boss?' I love Japanese people. They are breaking stereotypes every day. We walked along eating karaage (fried chicken), drinking biru, and we even went to a small restaurant and ate Hoke (a fish that comes from the Hokkaido region). I even had an impromptu Japanese lesson.... Subject-Object-Verb, ... read more
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Hikiyama
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Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion July 2nd 2008

This is definitely my last entry. Im sorry I didnt update more recently but we've been jammed packed nonstop for many days now. Several days ago (Friday) we rode the bullet train to Hiroshima and it rocked our socks! I believe the average speed of these trains is 300mph - man do I wish we had these back in the States. We stepped off the train and the leaders waved goodbye to teh delegates as they were whisked away by their host families. Each student was returned to us Monday with a new appreciation and understanidn of the lifestyle in Japan. I heard many a stories about trying new foods, playing kimono dress-up, great moments at a karaoke session, days at the beach, lots of laugther with their host brothers, sisters, and parents and a few ... read more

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion May 17th 2008

Kyoto is really beautiful with too many temples and pagodas to see!! Steve can hardly write his itinerary for trying!! It has been great weather, we have finally used our sun cream!! Also we found a sweet Japanese man who showed us around!! He pointed out the real Geisha girls from the fakes!! We have 5 days but to see everything you need 6 months I think....... read more
SE Kyoto
SE Kyoto
SE Kyoto

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion April 18th 2008

Hello Everyone, This will be the first of a few blogs that should arrive in the next few days. Japan is such a fascinating place and we're trying to fit in so much in a short space of time that we wanted to try and keep up to date with progress rather than waiting until China when we might have less chance and the internet speed could be slower. We've been here for three days and our heads are spinning: it's pretty hard to get used to somewhere totally different having spent the last three and a half months in the comfort of the English speaking world. We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and got a bus to our hotel without much trouble. The hotel was a treat for my birthday on the 17th and was really ... read more
This is hard
The Verdict Was In...
Imperial Palace Gardens, Tokyo




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