Gion Matsuri 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 ok ... read more
Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
I'm a gypsy at heart, but haven't had the opportunity to follow the wind until now.
I come from a diverse background:
My mum is Brazilian,
My dad is English,
My brother was born in Iran,
and I was born in Kenya.
We lived in Canada for a while before moving to Australia and now i've made the big move out to Japan - solo. I travelled a lot with them when I was younger, but this is my first solo overseas adventure.
This is something I always wanted to do, and now that I am actually doing it, I can hardly believe it.
I teach English as a second langua... full info