How do you learn the Art of a...
How do you learn the Art of a Geisha? Nowadays, since there aren't too many people who are willing to endure the rigorous training, the number of geisha is decreasing. Young girls who wish to become a geisha are usually introduced to an 'o-chaya' through someone who has a connection to the teahouse. The head woman of an o-chaya, called 'okami', interviews the girl and her parents, and provides details of the training. If the okami accepts the girl as an apprentice to her o-chaya, the girl can begin her training immediately and live in the o-chaya. Once in training, the girl cannot quit for 5 to 6 years. Along with doing chores around the house, the young girl learns customs and social skills and begins music and dance lessons. After about a half-year, she becomes a young geisha called a 'maiko.' From this point she develops the knowledge on how to interact with customers by accompanying the geishas. Once the girl decides to officially become a geisha, a ceremony is held entitled 'erigae.'
However, one does not have to learn the life of a geisha by living in Gion. There are ways you can incorporate the ancient practice of a geisha into your modern life. With some practice, patience and a little planning even the most dull relationship can get a healthy boost from this. In order to become the geisha girl - first and foremost you need to ensure that your attitude is good. Feel the power within yourself to be someone who can deliver sensuality to your partner.
Go to Gion area and have a walk to enjoy the vibrant night life in Kyoto. Not as vibrant as what I saw in Kobe, but not too bad.
There are many restaurants for dinner too. We went into a restaurant that is quite crowded with fantastic atmosphere. We ate something like tempura with salad. The sauce is quite special with sesame seeds. yummy.... Special sauce for the salad too.
Junidanya is several hundred years old, a stopping-off place right in the heart of the Gion District. It has both an English and a Japanese sign. They are used to foreigners. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a maiko (geisha trainee) making her way to a private party. Traditional and basic but VERY tasty menu items...everything is very fresh and well-prepared. Eel is excellent, and you won't be overcharged.
The Silver Pavillion
Try going early in the morning to beat the tourist crowd. It is really beautiful and serene in the morning.
Stroll through the garden and if you're visiting in autumn, you can see the blooming camellias. The pine trees, raked sand add to the beauty of the place.
Climbing up the slight hill to get the aerial view of the pavillion and Kyoto city is good morning exercise.
The 1001 buddha statues temple
This temple is probably the closer to the railway station and it is popular for the room where it contains the 1001 statues of Buddha.
I did not dare to count them so I cannot witness if they are really that many, but the quantity is definitly impressive.
The statues are all made of japanese cypress.
124 statues were made during the 12th century and the remaining 876 in the 13th century when the temple was renovated.
Inside the room of the statues you cannot take any picture and you must leave your shoes outside.
The temple ticket was 600 yen.
Opening time: 8:00 to 17:00 (9:00 to 16:00 from Nov 16 to Mar 31)