By electra | September 2, 2006
We watched much Japanese morning kids TV, and we probably shall continue to do this for the remainder of our stay in Kyoto.
We lingered around the ryokan too long to make it to breakfast, as they all closed down at 10 to open again at 11:30 or so. Roy and Electra were both hungry and irritated, but found food eventually.
It remained very, very hot and humid. Less rain, but more sun.
In the evening, we went to the Gion Corner in the Gion district to watch a show about various Japanese art forms, such as the tea ceremony and koto music, gagaku, kyogen, kyoumai (geisha and maiko dance), and bunraku. It was cool, but the performers did the show so often that the performances were mediocre. Very educational, nonetheless. On the way to this, we had stopped for dinner and coffee in a little side-street cafÃ©, and tried to go maiko-watching. We discovered that its hard to tell the difference between casually dressed geisha and well dressed Japanese women in kimono. Maiko, though, are hard to miss, and we saw one. We ended up passing her when she was stymied by crowds with cameras (both Japanese and foreign) as we were both on the way to Gion Corner.