The Ukiyo (or "floating world") from the novel "Memoir of Geisha" is set in Gion, Kyoto. Ukiyo-e is a genre of traditional Japanese painting from the Edo era (starting from the 17th-century) that depicts the life of the "floating world", a "conception of an evanescent world, impermanent,... (continue reading...)
日本的浮世繪是個上百年的藝術，＂浮世＂顧名思義就是一個漂浮在世俗之上的世界，這是歌舞, 藝妓與紅燈區夜夜笙歌當時的描繪。京都的祇園也是過去的"浮世", 也是小說＂藝伎回憶錄＂故事發...
.... fleeting beauty and a realm of entertainments divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world."
Hanami-koji - the famous geisha district in Gion. The old (but clean-looking) traditional houses are now mostly high-end restaurants.
The street seems rather quiet during the day. It\'s suppose to get busier at night.
These two look like real geisha without make-up.
For some buildings you\'d see the small guardian god-like statue obove the doors.
This is a restaurant but not sure why they have so many wax figures and this strange one with the dog biting off the kid\'s pants.
We had Japanese food for every meal. There\'s always quite a bit of variation or nice surprises so you don\'t get sick of it easily.
There\'s another place that was a geisha-district but more off the beaten track. This is the Shirakawa area. When we walked from the Hanami-koji to Shirakawa, the streets were somewhat lined with some signs and brochures that advertise "special services" from young ladies.
The clean Shirakawa streets.
Gion - Shimbashi (near Shirakawa).
I turned this photo into black and white. It almost looks like a old picture taken of a place a long time ago.
This street also gets more busy in the evening. You may see maiko (or geisha) walking up and down the street in the evening here. But too bad this time we came here during day time. The place is dead quiet. Have to come here at night next time!!
Gion Minamiza is a theatre where you can watch Japanese traditional performances. But we didn\'t get to go see a performance there this time either. :(
Walking along the main river that the ancient capital was built around.
Nishiki Market - It\'s like a traditional market selling all kinds of dried food, pickles, sweets, etc.
This store in the Nishiki Market sells cooked chestnut. It\'s actually pretty good and you can\'t possibly miss it.
There were huge chestnuts in the background.
This is a chain restaurant that specializes in crab dishes that you\'d see in a few big cities. It all has this huge automated crab moving its legs up and down on the building of the restaurant.
1. [Kyogoya] A Temple a Day - 1/4
2. [Kyogoya] The Streets of Kiyomizu-dera - 2/4
3. [Kyogoya] We Draift in the Floating World - 3/4
4. [ Kyogoya] Times, Hyatt Kyoto and Nagoya - 4/4
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