Sunday, April 18, 2010

Day 4 in Japan

Day 4 started off with us renting our Kimono at 5250 Yen per day at Rental Kimono Okamoto.. The package includes a choice of a Kimono , a Obi (belt), dressing, Eri (different colours with lace or embroidery to be worn inside of Kimono), Tabi (socks) and handbag from more than 600 selections.. and another 500 Yen for styling your hair and hair accessories..

Then we walked over to Kiyomizu Temple during the day as it is free of charge (you'll have to pay for the night tour)..

Of course we tried to take as many pictures as we can.. because.. it is not comfortable wearing Kimono.. they tied so many layers of cloth so tight around our waist.. we could hardly breathe.. so many layers around our waist.. there's no way we can even slouch :P

Again, we can see Sakura everywhere..

The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site. The temple dates back to 798, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633, during a restoration ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu. Not one nail is used in the whole temple. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.

We spent the day shopping for souvenirs nearby..

We felt like celebrities because many tourists asked us to take pictures with them..:P even though we told them that we were not locals :P In fact, an ang mo even spoke to me in Japanese -_-".. yet I had to tell him:" Wakarima sen" (I don't understand)

We went to the same shop which we had our dinner the night before.. because the food was simply delicious~

My alien head which I paid 500 Yen for :P

Our Japanese sandals.. they have one-size fits all.. so if your feet is bigger than mine.. GOOD LUCK :P

These were not the real Maiko/ Geisha.. the real ones don't go to temples/ shrines.. well, again, they were tourists dressing up like Maiko/ Geisha.. just like us dressing up like traditional Japanese girls :P

Later, we went to Nijo Castle.. Unfortunately, it closed at 5:00pm and we were too late.. Anyway, we had to rush to the train station to take Shinkansen back to Tokyo the same evening ;)

1 comment:

Karyn said...

Admission fee is required to enter different part of Kiyomizu Temple, we had no extra time and chose not to waste our money on that.