One day in Kyoto
I - Svetlana, live, learn, work in Japan for 4 years. Since the summer - time of holidays and trips, I also traveled. I went to Kyoto - the most wonderful city in Japan, with a lot of historical sites, original culture and a very pleasant atmosphere.
So, to continue: visit to Kyoto from Tokyo on the night bus, a settlement in the jus-hostel (youth hostel), a trip to the city of Uji in the tea plantations, plant and Byōdō-in temple (shown in 10-ienovoy coin ), walk through the shops and streets of the city Uji, a trip to the temple Daygodzi somewhere in the vicinity of Kyoto on holiday with flashlights, walk on the night of Kyoto on the gay quarter and photo-hunting geisha and maiko.
And there was dinner in the "erotic" diner :) And of course, a lot of interesting details of the everyday life of the Japanese.
My day began with the August 5 nights on a bus, where I moved from Tokyo to Kyoto. The cheapest way to travel around the country on a long distance, though most uncomfortable. 5000 yen (about $ 62 at current exchange rate). Beside me, on the one hand were two Chinese woman who chatted incessantly all night, and on a nearby chair - Japanese, 20 years or so, very shy :) Because all that part of the road that he had not slept, he was hiding from me for shutter. No, I'm not as daunting as you might think, looking at his reaction :)
6:20 am. We arrived at Kyoto station. We exit the bus, pick up the bags.
The main entrance of Kyoto station. I agreed in its jus-hostel that come to them to leave things around 7:30 to jus-hostel to walk for about 15 minutes, so I still have plenty of time to wait and look around. While looking around I do not need very much, I'm not the first time in this city and know him very well.
Kyoto Station inside grandiose. In this picture - only one-tenth of this grandeur. Still very early, many floors are closed, so a good place to take pictures not yet available.
Sit anywhere. I found a cafe. Closed, but a lot of free tables than actively use the Japanese themselves, ignoring the Closed sign blocking the passage.
and here is my "breakfast", that was bought on the road and was not eaten. Drink Calpis water, or Karpis Vaught-Japanese, non-alcoholic non-carbonated drink produced by some lactic bacteria, causing some Japanese considered terribly useful thing. Sweet. Snickers, I think, have learned all the time :) - 6:33
"Had breakfast", walked around the station, go look for a hostel. Kyoto - one of the main centers of tourism in Japan, if not the main one. For tourists, it has everything. Even here, a lot of maps of the city, with a brief description of the main attractions. In this photo 3 cards and even some 3 small booth with information for visitors to the city. All this - in front of the main entrance to the station.
His jus hostel I ordered is not in Japanese. The day before the arrival in the city. Really wanted to stay in a comfortable hotel, but there are all the places have already been dismantled. Print site map hostel as to reach them, and that's got. Hostel - a small building with a dark ground floor on the right-hand photo collage.
But my room :) 3 tatami. One tatami - 90h180 see about :) In the corner there was my "bed", next to the entrance stands a tiny table with a kettle, cups and tea. It is a pleasure that somewhere around 4000 yen per night (about $ 50), it seems ... or a little cheaper ... Toilet and shower - common to the floor, on the floor - about 5 rooms of different sizes.
I leave things in the room, calling on the tea plant, to tell them the exact time when I come to them, and go out into the city, back to the railway station. She's just kind of a little sideways.
8:26 - train arrives at the station. This - the terminal station. Initially released on one side of the train all the people who came through the train station are workers, look, there are no sleepers and forgotten things. If all goes well, the door is closed and opened on the other side, for new passengers.
To tell the truth, to get to the factory, I was better to use the services of another railway company, the station which is a 2-minute walk from the factory, but I was going to stay in Kyoto for several days and bought a pass for 3 days, by which you can freely ride any number of trains on certain companies and buses in the district of Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama-Himeydzi (5000 yen, about $ 62).
Tonosho station. Waiting room, is particularly relevant in the cold and hot seasons. Smoking is not allowed in this room.
Station tonosho tiny-tiny. The most that neither is a wilderness. Near the station - combinations (non-stop shop where you can buy everything you might suddenly be needed) and the School of English :) Teach English in Japan - a very popular activity. Red sign on the building reads: "Spoken English".
This is what is a small town. Mass of small and not very neat two-storey houses.
Blue bags in piles on different sides of the street - garbage (some of his views), which should soon pick up.
Here's houses. Too many fields. In order to understand the size of small houses, the pictures got people for comparison.
The place turned out to be a wonderful and not a bit spoiled by the presence of foreigners and evil people. On the streets very often be found here such here shops. You choose what you want, you put in a box and denyushku all. You - the most delicious fresh fruits and vegetables from the owner "shops" - penny.
Before the plant I had to walk 20-30 minutes. On the way, I found here is a Shinto shrine.
This is how it looks inside. Washbasin for cleaning instructions on how to properly cleaned, the temple building. In the trash can not do without the sacred litter :)
While walked through the town, all trying to find out where they are grown tea. Although not quite in the city of Uji its present borders, but the area still belongs to the more traditional wide area Uji, which is particularly known for the tea of the match (powder, tea ceremony). In general, while there was, no tea fields. Were the tomatoes were lotuses was figs and tea did not meet :(
Finally Reached to its plant. That's how it looks from the outside. The plant, of course, in our Soviet views - too loudly. In Japan, a number of large enterprises and small thriving family business. Thriving for centuries. And all the centuries - a small, but profitable venture, with its own history and traditions that the Japanese are very much appreciated. The plant, which I now attend - such as a family business with tradition and history multidecadal.
I was met by the head of this company, Mr. Kitamura, held in his office. Moment we 10:00
We talked a little bit, and then went to see the plant, which consists of several separate buildings, shops. In the photo below we are going to go into the room where he mulled match tea. Before go, I was given a robe with a cap (a photo of me in this dress will be a little later), pereobul in green slippers (on the left side of the photo), passed through a special room, where we posduvalo every street and not just dust.
And here is the shop. Manufacture in the enterprise semiautomated. The entire process of mastication copies the entire manual work. Only here, instead of human hands, millstones in mills spinning electricity.
The material for grinding is used here is such a tea (only soft part of tea leaves). The photograph raw materials for different types of game, it can be seen in color. Tea in the plate a little lighter than the one in the big wooden box.
So the match itself. As I told the owner of the enterprise, one hour, one mill is rubbed with about 40 grams of this tea here.
Let's go for a walk on the grounds. Kimura-san and his family live there and then. Near the plant is their home. And in the yard - a small tea house. Those familiar with the traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony, know that this ceremony is traditionally held a special tea house. For example, here in this.
Inside the tea house. Room for guests for the ceremony. Area, which is intended solely for decoration, and in accordance with the season (flower arrangement, the inscription-picture). A sort of hearth in the floor. (I hope I will be forgiven all the fans of the Japanese tea ceremony for a plain explanation)
I'm still in a robe-wearing after visiting various shops in front of the house. This is the standard size of a conventional front door to the house. It's small, to align all incoming. All must bow to enter. The weapon was left at the entrance and did not skid.
And here is the house of the owners of the enterprise. Just in front of the tea house.
That is where it is stored ready-made tea. Here - special refrigerators at a constant temperature of -2 degrees. On the top photo collage even see the steam (which appeared after we opened the door).
Tea in boxes in the yard of the enterprise. The wall on the left side - and has an office.
Then I broke down and asked. And where is the actual tea grown here! And tea in the Uji region - almost the most, the main attraction, and the tea fields for some reason do not. As it turned out, they are. Only their hiding :) For example, like this. This small tea garden is right next to the yard of the tea companies, with the other three sides by houses.
Go back to the office. Drink another cup of tea with traditional sweets. At this time, an ordinary green tea.
Time 11:14. I was taken on these "secret" tea plantations. We are in the car of the tea business owner. Japanese - they are Japanese! Without Mickey and Minnie can not do :)
Here they are. Tea plantations. Here grow no ordinary green tea, and the match and Gyokuro.
These two types of tea (the match and Gyokuro) are considered the most elite and most delicious. Unlike the usual tea, tea plants for the production of these two species in a few days to collect tents served to tea leaves are ripened in the shade. It gives a special flavor and taste of the beverage shades.
In fact, the match and Gyokuro not only grown in a special way, the leaves are still collected and processed in its own way. Therefore, for example, a powder type of tea in Japan, there are two main types. One of them - this is an ordinary green tea, frayed in the dust, this can be found in almost all sushi bars in Japan, as a free addition to sushi, this tea is very easy to brew: simply pour hot water and stir. Another - the match. Just add water and stir - not enough. It needs to be whipping whisk.
After the fields, we went to the Tea Association of the area, a sort of "house of culture" for local chaedelov. There procured for me any literature on tea.
After that I planted a great local attractions - Buddhist temple Byōdō-in, and we said goodbye. Byōdō-in was founded about 1,000 years ago, a very famous Pavilion Phoenix, whose image, as I wrote, there is a 10-ienovoy coin. The museum of the temple is kept a lot of things, recognized national treasure of Japan.
So now, at about 12:00, and it is the famous Phoenix Hall. However, the weather was not very good, from time to time rain. Therefore, all the pictures turned out too cloudy.
What is the Buddhist temple without the park-garden! Park part is also very beautiful.
Kustoderevo wisteria. It should be very beautiful when in bloom. Under this structure, I waited another rain for half a minute.
12:55. Byōdō-in revised the entire length and breadth, so get out of the temple in the shopping street. This street leads from the nearest station of trains to the temple. On the street - plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops.
Here is an example of restaurants and shops.
That's shops menu. As I wrote, the main attraction of the city - tea, so restaurants and stores can not do without tea and all that, where it can be added. Here, in the upper photo collage popular summer dessert - crushed ice drizzled with sauce. In this city, the sauce was not without the intervention of tea. Pasta on the bottom photo is also not without tea. Therefore, these green.
this is what had to dine By this time I was decently hungry, and time has proved in this area with tea tea exclusively local specialties. This pasta cold (with ice). They must be harvested from the plates in parts, each part of the dip in sauce and eat. Gravy - in a plate under the right bow (bow and the rest must be pre-filled into the sauce and mix).
refresh yourself, go for a walk to the shops. The more that I need to buy some souvenir (edible) currently on faculty at the university. In the shop at the top of photos sell tea to the shogun, as the sign on the store :) The device in the left corner fry tea, that is, does Hojo-cha (roasted tea).
But the "souvenirs" closer. Tea, various traditional sweets from rice and beans with the addition of tea.
Tea sweets from another store. Here - the cookies, rice crackers, candy, etc...
And this is just another shop and part tea cafe.
It was almost 2 pm. Shopping street for me the bridge ends. Monument Murasaki Shikibu (Japanese writer and poet, lived about 963-1014 years.).
of the city from the bridge view. Between buildings - the entrance to the shopping street on which I had just walked.
On the river there is a lake with a beautiful peaceful park and plenty of cherry trees (cherry on the photo did not get :).
And this is - it is also on the island. Cage for cormorants. Fishing with cormorants - another attraction of the area. In the photos shown on the cage fishing process, and in the cells, if you look closely, you can see cormorants and themselves.
There is also boating.
The river, by the way, is such. And the weather is so :) That sunny, then rain. And you walk under an umbrella not wet from the rain, and from lack of air and humidity :)
move to other side of the river. Time - 14:35. We find Shinto Shrine Uji Jinja.
At the entrance, as always, a place to cleanse the water :) (In the mirror reflection of me, hung with gifts and souvenirs)
The results of the temple of divination. The idea here hung all failed predictions, although some people leave and successful.
Some have already dropped to the ground.
Prihramovye flashlights. With the advance :) On each - on a small solar battery.
Then we walk along the street. Slowly moves to the train station to go home.
In one of the houses - this is a garage. From small to large :)
On the way came across yet another Buddhist temple. Very small.
Hard to say exactly that in the temple, but it has something to do with animals, including a household.
Finally dobrela to the station. I sit in the train. Time 15:15. And do not be fooled by how dressed girl next to me! In fact, on the street - a terrible fever!
This is Kyoto again. At the station, in general, as in virtually every other little bit larger train station in Japan, there is an information center for tourists. Here you can take a free map of the city, ask for advice some attractions to explore.
Finally, I returned to my room. I take a shower, take pictures bought souvenirs (top photo) and gifts (bottom photo) received on a tea factory. Time - 16:45
Then I have to plan razvirtualizatsiya with the local Russian-speaking, with whom we met through LJ. Together we go to a Buddhist temple on Daygodzi local holiday. We arrived at the scene at 18:53. The plan of the temple complex.
The main entrance. Darkens.
The main building. They went 5-10 minutes, but in that time well darkened.
In the temple held any own ceremony, in which you can participate for a fee.
Those who paid the participation, can strike the bell under the guidance of an experienced monk.
On the outer walls of the main building of the temple - a kind of exhibition of children's art with a religious theme. Here such children see the Buddha :)
This is not the Buddha just pagoda.
Immediately, when the temple is such a territory with flashlights. These lanterns - also children's creativity. From time to time there appeared a group of children with their parents, wandered, searched and took away his.
And this is - a pagoda.
Before the pagoda - again, an exhibition of children's creativity. Drawing students of the first class of high school. That is, children 12-13 years. Inscriptions on creativity reads: "Save Japan!" (I think, the first character is not visible, even not clear whether there is he in general) and "Summer - still it's what!"
But this holiday shopping all the trays in front of the same pagoda. Us here, by the way, some free tea treated :)
Sell, mainly all kinds of food. Here, for example, pineapple on sticks and potato (either fries, or sweet) in the cups.
Garbage share, even on holidays. Food waste, combustible, plastic and so on. D.
At the festival, walk up nafotografirovalis. It's time to eat. We went to the Gion (central cheerful quarter in Kyoto). Passed this here restaurant-diner, we decided to stop and have dinner here. time 20:41
At the entrance, as well as in the restaurant seated girl mannequins to make the company very lonely people;)
That's it. (By that time I already look very tired after all the traveling and almost sleepless night.)
The restaurant - very authentic atmosphere.
and theme;) Actually, just a little bit erotic. On the walls - these are signs (you can zoom in and see). For this community, I tried to choose photos of the modest ...
At the entrance - is such a doll. I hope no one finds it for showing the naked human body in the photo. Place, by the way, it is publicly available, including for children.
In this diner cook only one dish. Here is the okonomiyaki in Kyoto :) This was my dinner :)
And cook it right at the entrance. Like this.
Here is described and the main ingredients: onions, eggs, shrimp, fish sausage, tuna, beef, ginger, breading for tempura, konnyaku flour.
After eating wonderful dinner we decided to walk along the Gihon. time 21:15
That such and not just houses are now walking-drink Japanese.
We went to the main street, walked to the Shinto shrine Yasaka Jinja.
From the main gate of the temple opened a view of the night Gion.
Then we'll wander through the streets of Gion with houses in which they live and work geisha and maiko.
And when we came out of the labyrinth streets of Gion we were lucky to still see a maiko! She's in such a hurry! And behind it ran a crowd of curious tourists and just onlookers :)
I returned to my room closer to 11pm. I talk to family on Skype and went to bed.