One of the things we did in Kyoto was to take a traditional pottery class. It was great fun! If the chance ever arises, that’s a hobby I would love to pick up. Those are our rather misshapen cups. They will glaze and fire them and ship them off to us, so we should get them in 2-3 weeks. Hopefully in one piece. Or rather, two wholes.
And a few shots from around Kyoto. I love the old buildings and particularly the roofs, which always say Japan to me.
The people you see in kimonos are primarily tourists. One of the activities you can do in Kyoto is to rent a traditional kimono and accessories for the day. I wish I had gotten a picture of the men’s ones. They are quite beautiful (though in a manly way ;)). Later this week I’ll post a few pictures of the maiko, or geishas-in-training. They wear colorful and elaborate kimonos and the social dynamics are quite interesting.
A word about the bright pink umbrella. If you look closely, you’ll see a subtle pattern on one section of the umbrella. That pattern appears only where the umbrella is wet. Pretty clever!