Friday 14 September 07
I am in my Kyoto ryokan. Wow the place looks cool! My room is perfect except it doesn't have it's own bathroom. We will be here for two nights, and then one more night somewhere else. It's 10.30pm and I'm watching tv. James Bond is on and it's in Japanese! I also saw an add with Brad Pitt and now one with Angelina Jolie! Actually Im watching some drama with cute guys. They look a bit young for me though. They are playing air guitar now o.o Watching tv, I wish I could speak Japanese. I definelty will learn it as a priority. I decided to stay home tonight coz my poor feet hurt. Since yesterday. I ignored the pain during the day, but now Im taking a break.
In the morning, we left Hiroshima. Oh, first we went to the Peace Museum. There we heard the story of a real life atom bomb survivor. That was quite unique! It's hard to believe an atom bomb was dropped here only about 60 years ago. The youth here seem oblivious to it. And Hiroshima is so developed and very beautiful now. It all seems so surreal.
Afterwards, we caught the tram and shinkansen to Himeji. There we visited Himeji Castle. It's really famous and huge. But actually I was quite dissapointed. It's so totally empty inside. No nice gold paintings or anything. Everywhere you look, you can only see dark wood. No paper or tatami even. We climbed to the very top level.
Then we caught the Shinkansen to Kyoto, our final destination. The city seems to be very huge! Similar to Tokyo, except here we have to catch the subway to get around. We went into Kyoto middel section, to have dinner. Well, I went lookin at shops. I got a samurai souvenir yay. Afterwards we wento to Gion, to look for Geishas. It felt like we were playing 'Pokemon snap' haha. We spotted three or so geishas. I even got a photo of one. We all looked like paparazis.