We had only two short days, but we made the most of it.
Starting at the Fushimi Inari shrine, photogenic home to thousands of tori (gates).
|A certain photogenic couple|
People travel from all over the world to see the cherry blossoms in Kyoto. Advance weather reports indicated that we might miss them, but our normal state of incredible good fortune kicked in, and it turned out that we hit them at full bloom--gorgeous!
The weather was perfect, the blossoms were at their peak, and some started falling as pink snow--magical!
|pink snow on moss|
We traveled by bus and subway
Everything is well-thought out. Trains are "mildly air conditioned"
So much good food
|They passed--well, got a certificate|
After all that, one needs ice cream. B took us to a famous sundae place. Here's one costing $200
Or perhaps you'd prefer:
K noted the same brands of cigarettes as long. long ago--hard to forget about Hope and Peace
We visited the Nishiki Market:
|cherry blossoms to go|
We also attended Miyako Odori, an annual geisha dance performance held each April in Kyoto for the past 143 years. We were not allowed to take photos; this photo is from Japan Talk website.
Later we happened to see these geisha trainees ("maiko") walking down the street. We only knew they were trainees thanks to the performance guide which had explained the difference in clothing = longer sleeves and obi and higher soles on the shoes.
and this is a common sight as well:
Time to say bye, Kyoto
We would both love to return to see more of Japan someday.