Our painful walk to the ryokan took us through Gion, the small neighborhood that is famous for being a geisha district in Japan. We opted to not do the experience where you have tea with a geisha or watch a geisha performance, but we knew that they were very popular with tourists. What we did NOT know was that a "geisha sighting" on the streets of Gion was incredibly rare and occur most often around dusk. Of course, we were trying to maneuver through the neighborhood at dusk. What's the big deal? Oh, there's only about 73 trazillion people hiding in all areas of the neighborhood, camera in hand, hoping that they might sneak a glimpse of a geisha. Seriously, you would have thought the Kardashians were in town. It was absolutely ridiculous. I felt awful for the geisha that have to endure this horde of scavengers night after night.
When we located the area for the advertised light show, we grabbed a seat. There was a 5-ish minute light show on one of the buildings, which was pretty well-done (we've seen Disney World's light shows a few hundred times, so we might be a hard crowd to impress). It seemed to be telling a story that we didn't really understand. Enjoyable to watch, though!
Jeffrey took a moment to touch a Buddhist statue in hopes of having prosperity and good luck. Let's hope it works!
So that was the day. I still longed to go back to Tokyo, of course, but Kyoto was definitely growing on me. Excited to see what the next day will have in store!