Capital City : kyo·to

From one capital to another…

It was 23 degrees when we left Tokyo on Tuesday morning. We enjoyed a walk in the Hamarikyu Gardens where the first signs of Springs (sample) were already noticeable.

hanami2

We then headed to the station to board the renowned Shinkansen. Efficient, fast and clean with beautiful glimpses of Mount Fuji. Two hours and some minutes later, we were in Kyoto.

FUJI
Here, we rented a traditionnal but modernized house in the old Gion district. After almost two weeks of hotels, we all appreciate the space (relatively speaking of course), comfort and joys of a simple home-cooked meal.

Out on our first stroll in the city, Alvar met a couple of friendly Geishas.

Geisha

Local delicacy at the Nishiki market: squid-on-a-stick.

squid

We also visited the Kiyomizu temple, erected in 1633 and part of the Historical Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Grandiose with its large veranda, supported by tall pillars, that juts out over the hillside (13m high).

Kiyomizu

Believe it or not, not one nail was used in the construction. There is an expression in Japanese that goes “to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu”, equivalent to “diving into the deep end”. Apparently, an old Edo era tradition of jumping off the veranda successfully (i.e. living through it) ensured one’s wish would come true. It so happens 234 jumps were recorded, with a fatality of 15%. The practice is now no longer authorised.

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6 thoughts on “Capital City : kyo·to

    • Regime force ! Pas la moindre chance que je me laisse tentee par l’une de leurs nombreuses specialites visqueuse ;p

  1. WOW! Just WOW! My desire to travel to Japan has now gone through the roof.. It looks just incredible.. Looks like you are having the time of your lives x

    • A couple of tips for your future trip to Japan :
      – pack very light;
      – get ready to speak with your hands;
      – rent a sim card at the airport in order to have a GPS with you all the time otherwise, you’ll get lost.

      Hope all is fine with you. Take care.

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