Silent Morning in Gion

Morning began with heading off to Gion, a part of Kyoto known for its Geishas. At 9am, the city breathed quietly. To my surprise, barely any shops had opened.

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Gion had its own distinct charm that set it apart from the rest of Kyoto. (the clouded green mountain backdrop behind the city was an gorgeous addition)

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After Gion, we walked to Kyoto’s Manga Museum. Ticket admission was decently priced at $3 for junior high to high school students, $8 for adults. The museum had formerly been a school but now devoted its grounds to a showcase and extensive library of manga volumes. There were also exhibits detailing the history of manga (which started from around the 1940’s) and others, more hand-on, letting visitors create their own manga strip or character.

I’m not the biggest manga fan, so I did feel extra sleepy afterwards….

Walking back to the hotel, we stopped by a small family-run restaurant. The menu was in all Japanese, no pictures, and that should have been the first sign to turn away. My curry rice with beef tasted like expired box mix and learning from that experience, I will make sure I understand the menu before I order.

(not-so-fabulous curry and other dishes)

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