Monday, March 25, 2013

Little Chilly but great Monday in Kyoto!

Compared to yesterday, it got a bit colder today yet had a great day without rain.  We began visiting the Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji temple rock garden in the morning.  Lunch time?  Yes, we ate at Ritsumeikan University which GTS was graduated from about 25 years ago. 

The cafeteria food has been healthy unlike some univeristies in the US and the price was very reasonable or even cheap!

After lunch, 60% bloomed Cherry Blossoms welcomed us at Hirano Shrine.  Then we joined the famous monthly flea market at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (God of Scholarship) which is located just south of Kyoto International Academy where COD summer study abroad program is held!

After enjoying some festivity feeling at the shrine we stopped by Nishijin Textile Center where students enjoyed Kimono Fashion show and traditional souvenir shopping.

Before heading back to the hotel, we dropped in SEIMEI SHRINE which is famous for exorcism in medieval Japan.

At night we will have fun at the Gion Corner about many kinds of traditional performing arts!

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