Well ,I’ve been here since July 7th and it’s been very hot and humid. UNO HOUSE is still the same only the prices have risen up and the dorms are now 1950 yen a night which is a little bit expensive since there is no aircon but the central location and the atmosphere still make it a great place. We walked back from karaoke at 6 am yesterday and were glad it was so close.
The first week was kind of quiet with a few gaijins only. The first karaoke I went to was only to sleep in for one hour with Kinuko chan but we also tried a great restaurant in Pontocho.The cook found Kinuko chan and me funny and he gave us some suppon no chi (it’s a kind of turtle blood) to drink with sake. It’s supposed to make you genki, well I was so genki that I couldn’t sleep all night long.
Gion matsuri was really interesting (before the 17th when the rain set in) and I took some pictures and videos of the Chigosan (he’s the chosen boy who stands on the main float) in Yasaka Jinja.
I also discovered this cafe between Yasaka Jinja and Entoku in where they serve a marvellous maccha float in picturesque surroundings. There’s the sound of running water and you can watch caps swimming in the pond.
I’m so surprised that the Lonely Planet doesn’t mention ENTOKU IN because it’s quite one of my favourite temples, it’s got a karesansui (dry) garden and wonderful screens with a white dragon swimming in the waves and fishing birds. It’s a lovely place to sit and relax and they sell a combined ticket for DAITOKUJI with a little present (either postcards or a tenigui handkerchief) for 9000 yen.
Then with some of the funny crowd from Uno House I went to ARASHI YAMA to see the bamboo forest and some of the temples, TENRYUJI and DAIKAKUJI. We managed to get into a little hut next to the river just before it began to pour, goof for us they had some potato kuroke so we were able to satisfy the needs of "kurokke chan" ( sorry Ade)
I’ll put pictures of Jimmy, Ade,Tobias and Jason later.