I met a young woman from Oregon at breakfast. She is here, and in China, studying ancient math.
We're beyond the halfway point of the tour now. Continuing to have magical experiences every day.
We started today with a lovely batik workshop - tracing designs with wax onto Tshirts. I chose a fish pattern. The work space was small, so our group divided in half for today's adventures.
In this workspace were lovely rolls for printing patterns on yukata (summer kimono) fabrics. We were told that unfortunately, fewer and fewer are wearing kimono.
We then visited shrines, gardens, a Zen rock garden, the Gion geisha district, and a silk weaving studio, where fabrics are woven for kimono, obi (belts) and Noh costumes.
First, the weaving studio:
Here we are visiting Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavillion. This is only half of our tour group.
I have captured nearly 4000 images now! I'm charging batteries every day.
The (15) rocks in the Zen garden reminded me of scenes in the Japanese countryside, Thanksgiving, and a mama gorilla.
There was a water feature there with Kanji symbols from an ancient coin - which mean, "I choose to be content." Lovely thought.
Next, as evening fell, we went to the Gion district and hoped to find ladies studying to become geisha! Here's a look:
We happened across this exhibit, which we were unable to visit, but were happy to find anyway:
Restaurant workers were washing the street to let people know that they were getting ready to open for business.
People here have such beautiful attitudes. They aim for perfect service and attention to their tasks. 90% is not good enough. They practice respectfulness always. They do allow smoking in restaurants. But there is honesty, patience, and safety here. And happiness. It's lovely.
A few tidbits from our guide: Japan has survived Tsunami, fire, earthquake, and bombardment. they are always rebuilding.
Art flourishes when there is no war.
When you are 15 years of age, you decide your future career. You will do one thing and master it.