Journey in Kyoto Japan, 25th June 2015
Basu de Gion ni Ikimasu (Bus trip)
rise and shine, too early
I slept from 22:00 Japan time until 03:00 in the morning, then I snoozed.
I decided that laundry
must be done even though I had a new shirt to wear.
Laundry was a quick affair, I cleared the dryer of a lot of lint, and finished my laundry at the same time as I had my breakfast.
|Off to Gion
Our bus trip today was to take us to Gion, famous for Geishas, and written up in "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden.
On the way we stopped
at Rengeo-in, Sanjusangen-do.(San ju san is 33 in
English), where there are a thousand Kannon Sama statues.
Kannon Sama is the Japanese version of the Goddess of
Mercy, aka: Chinese Kuan Yin, or Kwan Yin.
The thousand statues of the Kannon Sama Bodhisattva were interesting, they took more than ten years to carve by many artists all striving for the identical portrayal.
We were not allowed to photograph these statues.
The temple itself is the longest
wooden structure in Japan.
We walked around
Gion for a while, looked at menus in the small
restaurants and considered their prices.
I walked across the
main road beside the river and looked down to see a large
fish basking just off shore.
No Geishas to be seen
I'd read that
Geishas find it an annoyance when tourists harrass them
Gion is a quant place however, it's one which provides newly married couples with a photographic background.
Gion preserves old Japanese
architecture with houses close together.
We headed along a
stream sided path towards a bridge that would take us to
Nishiki Market and came across a chocolate shop with the
name Cacao Market...
His dream is to play guitar, but in the meantime he looks after customers with both excellent English and fluent Japanese.
This shop is
interesting, tastefully decorated and very very naughty,
with chocolates galore, and terribly good ice cream...
What a cosy delightful place to be, sitting in a comfy library while being fed excellent food.
I like quiche; have
you anything to say about that?
Even the plates are
book shaped... Someone went to a lot of trouble to create
this fascinating place.
While crossing the bridge to Nishiki
Market we looked down to see a big fish stationary
against the current.
There's a lot of shopping for a woman to do, and why not buy a Yukata to be cool on a hot summer's day?
On to the final part