The second day in Kyoto was really great! 明美, my guide, showed me around town, from breakfast until night time, taking care of which way to go and where to eat and always explaining where we were or what the shrine or temple was about.
We went to visit the shrine for the mouse/rat, the animal of both our birth years. Praying at your animal shrine is said to give good luck. I don’t believe in superstitions but it’s still fun. We also visited the shrine for the current ywar’s animal. Much later, we visited the shrine for intelligence, where I could also seek help for my headache. It’s back again today, so I guess the gods did not see fit to cure me.
For a super late lunch or early dinner or something, we ate オムライス, which was an omelette filled with rice and maybe very small amounts of other stuff. It was quite good! There, I was finally forced to use the horrible squatting toilet. I have no idea why those things still exisit.
In the end, we went to the Kyoto train station, which had a really cool main area, with steps that go up forever and have lights to make crazy patterns. Too bad all my photos are on my camera! Anyway, at the top, you could look over some of the city. We found some guy’s phone and turned it in. Good deed for the day.
This morning, everyone wanted to go to the Nintendo building, just to say we saw it. It was predictably pointless but I guess they had to see for themselves. I hope we still have enough time for Himeji! That’s where we are headed now.