2010-07-14 -- Kyoto

A small bit of touring in the morning, to the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (the thousand gate shrine), then through Nijo Castle and finally to Nishiki Market, a leftover from yesterday. After that, we were all exhausted (I think we just always exhausted anymore) and rested until dinner.

Dinner was a Kyoto-style dinner party, complete with dancing, games and a maiko (a bit more here). I'm not sure exactly where it was held, but a phone number on the souvenier fan resolves to the Hatanaka Inn, and they have a dedicated link for the dinner.


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Some of the thousand gates at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.



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There are two passages of gates, stretching for hundreds of feet.



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Prayer cards at Fushimi Inari-taisha.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/2000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1600
At Nijo Castle, no photography inside, and no scribbling outside. Somehwere inside the castle I realized what 'no scribbling' means -- no sketching. The big clue was a sign that said 'no photographing' and 'no scribbling'.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400
This is Nijo Castle. Inside are many rooms. The castle is all wooden. Rooms are mostly open to the elements (maybe some shutters, but definitely nothing very solid). Each room has a specific function, yet all rooms look like 'just an empty room'.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 47.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
The grounds of the castle are beautiful.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 40.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Dad liked this plant, and wanted a picture. Anyone know what it is?



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Inside Nishiki Market.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 45.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/6.4, ISO 1600
At Nishiki Market, fried goods.



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At Nishiki Market, sandals.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/8.0, ISO 1600
At Nishiki Market, .... well, I'm not really sure what these are.



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At dinner, maiko Toneiwa (Thanks, Renee) dancing for us.



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At dinner, maiko Toneiwa entertains us with games. Here, a drinking game. The game starts with the black disc on the table. Players alternate slapping the disc, keeping pace to the music being played. After each slap, the player can pick up the disc. If the disc is not on the table, the player is required to knock on the table, not slap it. If the table is slapped, or the puck knocked, the player loses, and drinks.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 40.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1600
At dinner, maiko Toneiwa entertains us with games. Here, a version of rock-paper-scissors -- samauri-mother-tiger -- that we act out. Toneiwa is acting the samauri, I'm acting the mother.



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Dinner, a box of surprise.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/20 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800
It was all decent to good. There was a second layer under this.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1600
Us, after dinner.



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