So there we were, New Year's Eve, 1997...
I should start by saying that we had driven to Kyoto, a fact that caused our Japanese friends to pause in amazement. Why not just take the train? For the simple reason that this gave us a bit more freedom to explore the city's surroundings. If you drive up into the mountains around Kyoto, you come across some delightful villages and temples which you would miss if you had to rely purely on public transport.
|Yes, I had much less hair then.|
|And Nic had a little more hair back then.|
We also spent some time happily wandering around the old street of the Gion district, catching the occasional glimpse of a geiko (the local name for geisha) rushing between appointments in the rain.
So armed with a map and a sense of adventure, off we went....
Now I will tell you about the drive there and back tomorrow, because that is a story in itself, but for now, I will leave you with a few photos of the preparations for New Year.
|Ringing the bell as a prayer offering|
Come back tomorrow for Part 2 - there'll be monkeys....
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