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Japan Trip Kyoto

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Kyoto has been called Japan’s “Cultural Capital” and is filled with temples, gardens, and other historic sites. It’s also home to the famous geisha districts, Gion being the most famous. Although seeing a geisha in these areas is by no means guaranteed, we got lucky and managed to see four in total. I also was privileged to attend a wedding wearing formal kimono. As my appreciation for kimono has grown I’ve come to view it as an artform and language. While dressing in kimono for a photoshoot might be an enjoyable experience for foreigners, getting to experience it “for real” as part of Japanese culture elevates it above mere dress or costume. We also came to experience the Gion Matsuri, which was enjoyable, although our planning could have been better – we always seemed to arrive at events either really late or really early.

Click here to read more about our Japan trip and itinerary.


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