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Kyoto Japan : Memoirs of a Geisha-ing Again in the Gion District

Let’s celebrate reverting back to Japan mode with a wondrous video of us in Kyoto Japan and a bit in Osaka as well! By the way, for those following me on Instagram, you’d know that I am trying to learn the uke and this song is being nailed every time we attempt it – despite having more-than-basic uke chords. Woo-hoo!

Please prepare yourself, apparently, as of writing, I am also back to being a “woo-hoo” girl for this post.

DEFINE WOO-HOO GIRL: Offer drinks, replies with “woo-hoo.” Offer food, replies with “woo-hoo.” Declare “last call,” replies with “woo-hoo,” etc…

 

 

 

 

This video sums up our visits to the Gion District, the Kiyumizu Temple (or rather, the area leading up to the temple), the Umeda Sky Building, Dotonburi Street and our little run through the Osaka Station about to board a Shinkansen bound for Shin-Fuji Station.

 

***Following posts will feature the other destinations in the video so watch out! 😀 

 

For this post, we are going to focus on our photo walk-through of the Gion District in Kyoto Japan. If you know your Memoirs of a Geisha, you’d know that most of the movie is particularly set in Gion. Walking around the restored tea houses that are now souvenirs shops and highly overpriced restaurants, you could still fee a vibe of the past echoing out of the stone pathway. Despite heavy traffic and hoards of tourists littered in the entire district, you can still get a sense of how the past was and even envision how a young Chiyo stood on the banks of the Shirakawa Stream just prior to becoming the famous (but of course, fictional) Sayuri.

 

 

Fashion tip: If you live in the Philippines and walk into a Forever 21 store and see a stray faux-leather jacket in a non-winter collection – do not by any means, DO NOT , take it to a place that requires a genuine leather jacket. Long story short, instead of cuddling up to the warmth of the hide of a real bovine, I ended up shivering even more as the faux-leather ends up getting colder than the actual temperature. You will definitely spend the rest of the day cursing your sense of fashion and hoping to hope that your Vitamin C intake for the day is enough to ward off any Nihonggo-speaking viruses.

 

Fashion Breakdown: Red-orange “real” leather with lining and PROPER insulation from Terranova, Black knitted sweater (not seen) by Terranova, Red-orange colored pants by Terranova, Black knitted leggings (not seen) by Pocheco (available in SM Department Store), Headscarf by Armando Caruso (available at Women’s Accessories in SM Department Store), Boots by Kirkland

 

 

 

If you want to take the unusual tourist route and take to touring Gion or Kyoto in kimono, you can actually rent them at an average of $35 a day. Up it to about $50 day and you can even have your choice of hairstyle. Up it up even more and you can even have custom geisha make up. Honestly, I was tempted, if we weren’t on such a time constraint and unpredictable schedule, I would’ve gone to the effort of walking on wretched wooden sandals and a restricting kimono (How to wear a kimono, you say?) just to see the temples and sights with so much more authenticity – even if it is very tourist-y.

 

Thee lovely ladies were all over town. You could all see them gallivanting throughout town, shuffling their tiny little restricted feet.

 

 

 

 

 

On these tiny pieces of paper, you write down a wish and tie it to the string. So many wishes, so many wants and needs.

 

Walking through  the streets of this particular district, you would come across the wafting scents of the most attractive bites of heaven – takoyaki balls – Little battered balls of octopus.

 

 

Quiet little streets like this are all over the district of Gion. However, all the action stays on the main street where the expensive restaurants and teahouses are.

 

Point of return. There are perils of touring with a packaged tour is that you really cannot control several aspects of your trip including the time that you have and the routes that you take. Like for this instance, we had to stop at this very stop, turn around and take the route going back to where our buses were stopped. Unfortunate but we’re thankful for the experience, nonetheless.

There are perils of touring with a packaged tour is that you really cannot control several aspects of your trip including the time that you have and the routes that you take. Like for this instance, we had to stop at this very spot on the pavement, turn around and take the route going back to where our buses were stopped. Unfortunate but we’re thankful for the experience, nonetheless.

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Eileen Campos loves cheese and The Walking Dead. Currently doing a great job in post grad studies but awful with regards to ruling the universe. She also thinks that she is married to Robert Downey Jr.
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4 thoughts on “Kyoto Japan : Memoirs of a Geisha-ing Again in the Gion District

      1. Mapipilitang magpakahinhin at di kasing dami siguro ang mapupuntahan ko – baka maihagis ko pa yun if i get frustrated with it! lol but it’s an experience nonetheless! 😀

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