A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I saw this travel poster for Kyoto in the Ginza subway station.
We loved the scene and promised ourselves that someday we’d go to Kyoto and take our own picture of the location. I snapped a quick pic on my phone as a reference for the someday trip.
Cue last Friday when I had an event in Osaka. My photos were shown at the MINI Paceman product release launch in Tokyo and Osaka. Both were great nights and I’ll be posting about them later.
On Saturday we had the day to ourselves and after a great lunch in Osaka we deliberated on how to spend the rest of the day, completely forgetting about the promise to recreate the Kyoto picture. Over coffee, somehow my husband remembered. The only problem is that the picture’s text is unreadable. Still, we were determined to uncover this, sort of, mysterious location. Armed with a plan, we caught the Keihan train for Shijo/Gion. Gion is a historical district of Kyoto and maybe the most quintessential place illustrating western expectations of Japan.
My husband also had the great idea of showing the picture and asking the railway employee at the gate how to get to this location. We found out that the place is called Yasaka Pagoda (八坂の塔), got a walking map and great instructions. We followed the instructions, stopping at tea shops, tsukemono shops and anything of interest along the way.
When we finally came within sight of the pagoda and then it was just a matter of wandering along the streets lined with historical architecture, cute shops and more cafes than you can shake a stick at.
And here is our version, with Kitijiro Nekowski as my model.