|しゃけのおにぎり (Salmon Rice Ball)|
|On the Imperial Palace Grounds|
Well, it started raining at about that time, and it would not let up for the rest of the day, so it started to impede on the places we could go. Added to that, it was our first time in Kyoto, so we spent a fair bit of time being lost as well. We did make our way to the Kyoto Imperial Palace (walking from Gion-Shijo), though, only to find out that you need a reservation to enter the main palace. There are plenty of places on the grounds that you can freely enter, though, and we rested in a small secluded temple in the southwest corner of the Imperial Palace grounds.
After leaving the Imperial grounds, we began a quest to seek out the International Manga Museum, since Erica wanted to go there. It was difficult finding it, though, since the directions we got were incredibly vague and for some reason the Japanese like to have maps everywhere pointing everywhere except for north. Seriously, most maps here have "North" pointing to the right, and one even had north pointing down. To make it worse, unless you knew 北 was the kanji for North, you would not even realize it. I will say, though, that walking around Kyoto is really good exercise, and you really learn your way around after you do it all day. We did not find the museum on the first day, though, and the rain continued to fall, so we returned to the hotel and watched コクリコ坂から and did our weekend homework.
|Us at the 金閣寺(Golden Temple) in Kyoto|
Kyoto International Manga Museum used to be an elementary school, but then it was converted to a museum commemorating manga and comics from around the world. They probably have a copy of every manga since 1945 in there, and they also have comics from other countries and even America. It's a 3-story library of manga and comics, and for only 300円 you can read any manga within the museum during your stay. I found the perfect souvenir for Martha there, as well, so I went ahead and bought it.
Anyways, I am now back in Okazaki, preparing for tomorrow's lesson. I will leave you with a ton of photos from the weekend, though, in no particular order. Until next time... じゃね。