Day 11 – Kyoto
Day 11 was our last day in Kyoto. Jim’s leg was troubling him, so he spent most of the day in the hotel and at a local Starbucks, writing. Jim did visit a local commercial art gallery, the Imura art gallery. They had a current exhibit by a woman, Kaori Watanabe, that I enjoyed, although I didn’t buy anything. She did a nice job of combining a very traditional Japanese feel with some modern elements in her painting.
Ann went to the Municipal art museum, near the Heyin shrine. Ann has a list of her favorite artists.
She then visited a street fair between the Municipal art museum and the Heyin Shrine.
Then went to the prefecture Library. Great sculpture, but no children’s section of the library.
Ann caught the subway out to Nijo-mae castle, then walked 30 minutes to Tondaya for a tour of a Machia (merchant) house. The family sold wholesale kimonos. Elena from Mexico did the tea ceremony with Ann.
Ann took a taxi back to Nijo-mae castle, taking a quick look at it. Then back to the hotel.
That night we ate again at the Cafe-Creperie Le Bretagne.