Kyoto really is a breathtaking place. Today I spent most of the day walking around, and I was fortunate enough to see a Maiko and Geiko among the crowd in Gion:
(here’s a short video)
…But not before stumbling onto a street that looked like something straight out of a Kurusawa movie (I’m talkin’ completely wooden structures with bamboo fences, paper walls, tatami floors…the works. Really amazing.)
However, I think that something is seriously wrong with my knees. Perhaps the combined effect of lugging all of my heavy stuff across the country and now walking miles every day in the cold is starting to take its toll, but they’ve been bothering me increasingly every day since I got here…to the point where it now takes me almost five minutes to walk down the stairs to a subway. And today when I was walking down the hill in front of my apartment one of them locked up and I actually fell to the ground. Geez, I sound like my dad. A Japanese dude even asked me today why I was limping while I was walking around sightseeing. I hope it’s nothing too serious…I just can’t stand to stay indoors here!