Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Beautiful Kyoto

We spent the day in Kyoto (phonetically pronounced 'Ki-your-door'). This is the city that gives its name to an international treaty.[1]  Well - today this city was beautiful. The cherry blossoms are budding, which adds beauty to an already lovely city.

This is a city of startling contrasts. It is a busy city of bicycles, scooters, pedestrians, cars and busses; it is a city of fashion shopping, the newest gadgets and digital offerings, alongside ancient shrines and temples; a city of beautiful women in high heels under miniskirts, alongside elaborately made up girls in the traditional kimono.

I Can hear you exclaim – “Kimono? Didn’t the Japanese shed their traditional dress in the mid 19th century with the import of suits dresses and other western fashions?” Yes they did. The men all wear suits and ties to work, and the women dress exquisitely and in the latest fashions. But it would seem that on holidays, and for special events the kimono and other accoutrements of the geisha or maiko are still popular with Japanese girls. I guess the arrival of the cherry blossoms warranted a ‘kimono outing’.

So we were spoiled with a festival of colours, and are grateful for the day.




[1] The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty that sets binding obligations on industrialized countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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