Whenever I tell people I am going to Japan for a week, they are horrified. “How could you travel so far for such a short time?” Each time I go, my trip is always intense. By the end I am exhausted, my camera is full of images, and I am ready to fly home. This post is about my 16th trip to Kyoto (and Kurashiki) with just a few of my favourite photos. Click on the images to enlarge them if you like.
Thursday 19th February Such a feeling of anticipation as I flew with Matthew to Japan. As the plane flew from southern to northern hemisphere, I dreamed of what was to come.
Friday 20th February We spent the first night of our trip in Osaka. Straight after breakfast Matthew and I went to Shin-Osaka Station where we parted company. He left for Kurashiki while I took the train to Kyoto. I arrived in Kyoto around 11:00 and after checking into my hotel, went straight to the streets with my camera.
Saturday 21st February In the morning I walked in the hills of Higashiyama. It was the most beautiful sunny winter day. Kyoto sparkled. Later I stocked up on Japanese coloured pencils (Holbein). In the evening was the ozashiki. You can see some other ozashiki photos from that night in my post The Gift of Art.
The ozashiki which Matthew and I were invited to was a highlight of our trip. (Lunching with our friends in Kurashiki was the other highlight.)
Sunday 22nd February Matthew and I were invited to lunch in Kurashiki so that day we took the shinkansen (bullet train) to Okayama Prefecture and then the local train to Kurashiki.
Monday 23rd February This was the day Satsuki-san made her debut as Geiko. (I heard the following day that this was the biggest crowd ever for an erikae walk.) One had to run to get photos. If it had been the first erikae walk one had attended it would have been a big shock. It was anything but relaxing. Adrenaline rush. The prize for me? Photos for future drawings.
Tuesday 24th February Second day of Satsuki-san’s erikae walk. This is covered in my post Sister Support. The second day was so much more relaxed for everyone concerned; Satsuki-san and the photographers. The crowd was smaller than the first day and it was most enjoyable. After the walk I enjoyed some retail therapy in Kyoto’s gorgeous shops.
Wednesday 25th February This was the day of Baikasai, covered in my post of the same name. Please click on Baikasai to read the story and see the photos of that event.
After Baikasai I returned to Gion to walk around the streets for a couple of hours before it was time to pack up and head for Kansai Airport.
Have you stayed until the end? This is a long post however there will now be a two week break until the next one – which will be about New Zealand. Another plane, another story…
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