by Jes Stayton, Greenheart Travel High School Abroad participant
By this time I was pretty hungry, and ready for lunch. First, however, we rode several buses. One was so crowded there was barely room to move. A piece of advice: if you ever have to get on a crowded bus, take your coat off first, even if it’s cold out. You’ll regret it if you don’t. The place where we ate lunch was a famous souffle restaurant. We had to wait again, but it was worth it. The souffles were delicious. A souffle comes in a cup, but its one of those weird things that seem to exist on the borderline between drink and food, so it was surprisingly filling. Mine was apple and cinnamon. I liked it.
and sister went back to the hotel, but my host mother went on the tour with me. I enjoyed it very much. We walked around Gion at night. There were some ‘fake’ geisha (to use the tour guide’s wording), that is, Japanese women in beautiful makeup and kimonos who aren’t really geisha. This was when I discovered that Gion was the area we wandered around the day before. I was happy about that, because it meant I had already taken some pictures, and this meant I could enjoy the tour. Taking pictures at night with my camera is also almost impossible. The guide was very informative and spoke English quite well. She told us quite a bit about Gion and the geisha in modern times, which was interesting. Unsurprisingly, there were several references to the book Memoirs of a Geisha. I was also very impressed with my host mother’s English. She could understand everything the guide said.