The morning`s weather turned out to be quite glorious and we had a lovely stroll round. But look at the picture above...this is one of the touristyest of touristy places in Kyoto (which is one of Japan`s touristyest cities to start with), but look, it`s empty. While many of the shopkeepers were working even harder to hawk their wares, others looked very dejected indeed. They`ve already had 6 weeks of high-season emptiness and who knows when people are going to start visiting Japan again? Even the Japanese seem to be staying home. We felt the best attitude was to be thankful that we could enjoy such a beautiful day without the crowds.
An orange tree in fruit beside the beautiful Yasaka Pagoda...
And around the other side, cherry blossoms!
There were some more obscure shops, such as this one selling weird sculptures.
And this, which we reckon was some kind of Chinese medicine place...maybe.
At the top of a VERY steep hill was a museum of the Meiji Restoration period. This spans roughly our Victorian period and was a time of great social and political upheaval in Japan. There are 32,000 graves on that mountain alone for those who lost their lives. Although it was just about all in Japanese, it sparked my interest and is something I`ll definitely be reading up on when we get home. Especially the leader of the Shinsengumi Secret Police, of whom there was an extremely realistic lifesize model. I noticed quite a few ladies lingering over this model, and when I got up close I could see why. Tasty!
Daughter dressed in Shinsengumi costume, and a lady came running out with a samurai sword and lantern for her to hold. Fierce, no?
Lastly, random shot of the day has to be this one. Flyed Lise, anyone?