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Temples, shrines, torii, freshest food, Sakura. In Kyoto you feel the traditional essence of old times at every corner. R y o a n - j i - a Zen temple with a Zen garden There are different interpretations of what the Zen garden should represent. School classes seemed to discussing it while sitting on the floor. For me it was radiating peace and calm and I had a strong feeling to walk in the garden - positively meant of course. Like I wanted to give the garden my idea of interpretation with the footprints. It's getting philosophical...
The golden colour of the K i n k a k u - j i G o l d e n P a v i l i o n seemed to be surreal, at the same time it was blinding and absorbing you and the surroundings. And then this extraordinary crane flew around and the Koi fish spoke with you. The dozens school classes brought back reality...
The N i n o m a r u P a l a c e is part of the Nijō Castle, the residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu back then. Unfortunately it was not allowed to film inside. Our guide gave us an explanation about the etiquette how you could get an audience with the Shogun and why the palace has this complicated room layout and the reason why the wood floor creaks on purpose. Finally I know the secrets of a Shogun.
The next stop was the N i s h i k i M a r k e t. The longest street of fresh food I've ever seen. This straight-lined streets which never end. Never. Typical for Kyoto. In an Okonomiyaki restaurant i did not eat Okonomiyaki but noodles, which you can fry on your own at a hot iron plate on your table. Okonomiyaki restaurant
The Sakura by the way was half falling half withering, I had the feeling they were 'leaving'.
When there is a place with the most torii in the tightest space, then it's F u s h i m i I n a r i - T a i s h a. You will be flooded with Red and torii. The torii path was like a passage to another world. The whole hill was full of torii. A very special place protected by foxes. After seeing the oldest and most precious buildings and places, the last thing I saw before returning to the hotel was a prison bus. Does this mean something?
The day ended with a Maiko evening, from which I made a separate video.