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(Representative image) I spotted a pair of geisha for the first time from the bus (Representative image) This is probably what a geisha dance performance would look like My second human powered rickshaw ride- this time in Kyoto My rickshaw puller guide points to something down the street As my guide points to something, I was admiring the colour co-ordination all around My rickshaw puller guide winds up the tour with this selfie Another view of the pleasant sakura lined path in the Shirakawa district of Gion My rickshaw puller guide told me I was not allowed to get off the rickshaw I had to do it all selfie mode- my rickshaw puller was not allowed to take pictures of me either Pleasant walk down a sakura (cherry blossom) line path along a canal in the Shirakawa area of Gion This tiny lane in Gion has featured in many films and tv serials Most people only seemed to be milling about at the entrance A glass of Chandon rose wine was refreshing Maruyama park was closed for refurbishment but I managed to get plenty of reflections Although Maruyama park was closed, I loved taking pics of the reflections there There were still some tourists milling about near the cherry blossom viewing Hanami spot Lunch in a traditional Japanese cafe in Gion- I had to wait to get in The funky items on display in the cafe are also for sale This group of schoolgirls has just emerged from their school in Gion Of course the iPhone gave better colours- wish I had shot in landscape format A selfie against a sakura (cherry blossom) tree in the Shirakawa area By the time I returned later to take pictures of the lane, it was drizzling heavily I barely managed this one selfie in the celebrity lane through a lady with an umbrella My rickshaw puller guide was a jolly fellow full of information Stately entrance to the Yasaka shrine in Gion Interesting display of lamps in a gazebo in the Yasaka shrine grounds The main Yasaka shrine was closed so I took a picture of the traditional lamps instead A close view of the traditional Japanese lamps in a gazebo in the Yasaka shrine The rickshaw stopped right next to this traditional Japanese garden I was excited when one of the temple staff appeared- but he headed to the washroom!
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 japan, kyoto, gion, geisha, tokyo, travel, maiko, geiko, japanese, house
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