The group was excited about our first day of cultural sightseeing,
and shopping without the regularly scheduled meetings and
seminars. We left our hotel in Kyoto only to meet oppressive
humidity and near record temperatures. This didn't damper
our spirits as we fearlessly marched forward.
The morning found us visiting Nijo Castle, home to Shoguns
and the sight in which Emperor Meiji was took power in 1868.
Next we particularly delighted in a visit to the marvelous
Golden Pavilion. This was followed by another sumptuous lunch
of traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine.
After lunch, we were taught some aspects of the Japanese
tea ceremony and then stormed the Kyoto Handicraft Store to
lighten our wallets. Before the bullet train to Nagoya, we
climbed a short mountain to visit the Kiyomizu temple.
This is Lance Rhodes, on assignment from Japan.