the bullet train from Tokyo to kyoto.

 photos of maiko and geiko in kyoto










The cherry blossoms were out in Japan but paled compared to the beauty and poise of the women we saw them after we left the temple of Higashi Honganji.Cycling through the streets of Kyoto.

 Lucky us, after getting off the bullet train we grabbed our bicycles and toured around the back street of KyotoShane and Sharon with examples of Yuzen dying .

 A highlight of my trip was providing an opportunity for my son and I to take part in the ancient art of Yuzen Dying. This was bought to Japan in the 16oo’s and is still used today to decorate fabric including Yukata and Kimono.Bashful at ll
Another highlight of Kyoto was the Manga museum and library.  Bashful chose some American contributions to take to the faux grass reading of Ryokan in Kyoto

Bashful was starting to get a bit tired so our Ryokan (homestay) accommodation was very welcoming to him.

Photo of Shane and girls in mieka costume

We leave the very, very beautiful city of Kyoto and my son leaves his new  friends. Join us next time for the final part of our adventure, trekking through the mountains of Wakayama with a shopping for gifts stop over in the wonderful Osaka!




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46 thoughts on “the bullet train from Tokyo to kyoto.”

  1. I apologize that I’m just now catching up on all your adventures. It really looks like you and your son had the time of your lives. Even Bashful looks enthused. 🙂 Beautiful photos!


  2. I’m catching up on all of your adventures. Your penguin fabric is adorable. The geishas are stunning. I love that your son got to take a pictures with them.


  3. Thanks Cindi, Kyoto is a city just brimming with art and beauty of all kinds. it was a highlight of our whole trip to attend this workshop. ❤


  4. Thanks for sharing all these pictures. Looks like your trip was full of adventures and fun 🙂 Love the artwork too. You both did a great job ^_^ And those outfits on those ladies are so beautiful. 🙂


  5. Interesting questions! In my limited experience I noticed Japanese women dress very fashionably and a small percent wear a variation of Kimono or Yukuta for street or formal wear. The women in the pictures above were from Kyoto and were artists, musicians and dance students. We were biking around the back streets of Kyoto which was amazing! 🙂


  6. I must say your son is a ‘gentle’ lovely young man !! can see mom’s traits in his eyes 🙂 Your yuzen dyeing is so amazing. My dotty would love to visit that manga museum … she draws a lot. And those ladies so graceful and dainty !! Have only seen them in books and movies !! Are they a common sight on the streets because the modern Japanese women I thought have adopted western attire. It beats me how they can walk wearing those heeled flip flops with socks on !!! My spects and teeth would be in pieces if I ever attempted that 😀
    One thing I always loved about Japanese is their living style … floor level dining and sleeping. My daughter’s study is something like this….a long floor level coffee table with lots of cushions on the carpet !


  7. Oh yes!!The fabrics all over Japan were breath taking! I saw quite a few women (and men) in Yukata both short and long. Yukata is an easier to put on and wear than Kimono and I am in love with it. 🙂


  8. Looks like an amazing time was had by all. I love Bashful’s little blankie. (How on earth do those women walk in those shoes? I’d catapult myself off the ground with every step….)

    I know! Yet these women were so graceful and dainty!


  9. What a wonderful experience to share with your son 🙂 the dyeing art is beautiful and will be a great reminder of a fab time 🙂 Bashful certainly seems relaxed and I am glad you all had such a memorable time 🙂 hugs Bev xxx


  10. I hear you Ruth….13 is a great age for making memories….before he hits the ‘rebellious’ stage….lol…your Son is so adorable I don’t think he will be a rebel..
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue


  11. Thank you Pauline. Geisia( Geiko) or and in particular maiko (the trainees) are not commonly seen, We were very lucky that day and they and their chaperone were very gracious to allow the photograph. My next and last installment will delight you as it is the Buddhist mountain retreat leg of the journey. 🙂


  12. Absolutely love the Yuzen dyeing you both did!!!
    Bashfull must have really enjoyed himself & your son will have memories to last a lifetime!
    We are so happy you had such a wonderul trip!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too xoxoxo


  13. The old heritage of Japan is so very different to our hodge-podge of western cultures isn’t it! To see those so exotic geishas with your so modern son is almost surreal. It’s a wonderful photo! I did not realise geishas were still so commonly seen. I have never been to Japan and am very much enjoying these wee snippets you are sharing. Your art work looks pretty darn good for first timers – from both of you. 🙂 What a wonderful mother and son [and rock] adventure. Culture, exercise, temples, life-style, art and shopping! Fabulous!!


  14. Reblogged this on Pig Love and commented:
    Oh my. These are beautiful pictures! This was definitely a trip of a life time! Check out more of Bashfuls trip – XOXO – Bacon


  15. How great, bet Bashful learnt a lot about mangas. I would like the way they sleep there, maybe we can have a japanese bed once too :o) Have a super great time, it’s great to read about your adventures, many thanks!


  16. wow what a tall handsome young man he is, and what a great trip for you both looking forward to more tales from Japan cheers Deb Marks


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