So last evening/night wasn't so much fun.
This really looks like a Japanese house and I noticed last night that this wasn't always a good thing. It looks just like a Japanese horror movie!
I was expecting to see Sadako any second. Or that girl from Shutters!
It was seriously creepy!
Anyway - today I decided to please my engineer gene and took a local bus up in the mountains to the Miho Museum.
I think it must have been 10 years ago I saw this program on Discovery channel(?) about a museum they had build and incorporated it as much as possible with nature. It was very interesting to watch and somehow it stuck in the back of the head.
When I got to Kyoto I saw a poster for the Miho Museum and realized it was the one in the program so many years ago.
That is why I went there. I don't know whats in the museum, but that's of less importance. However the whole thing turned out pretty interesting. It wasn't an ordinary museum at all.
The museum was ordered by this spiritual organisation (*coughsectcough*) called Shumei. They believe in happyness for all in the world and that you should always try to surround yourself with beauty (kinda "if you only see beauty, you will do beautiful things and be happy").
They asked the famous Japanese architech I. M. Pei to design it and he did a marvelous job.
Well, beautiful things.
It could be anything from pottery, statues, artwork and the like. Unfortunate it wasn't allowed to take photos, but if you are interested there is a little more information here: (Miho Museum)
It was a different, but very pleasing tour in the museum, but also outside. Worth the trip!
After this I had planned to go and see a Noh play, but their last show started at 15:00 (I was there 16:30). Didn't expect that :(
So instead I went to the nearby Heian Shrine, maybe the largest in Kyoto.
Before I continue, I would like to talk to you about vending machines. They are everywhere in Japan!
In the evening I headed for a part of Kyoto called Gion, home of Geishas.
There were some walking down the very nice looking streets and I since I was hungry I decided to eat at one of the restaurants here.
It was nice to be served by Geishas, but unfortunate that was all they did (no, I am not thinking of that - I was more thinking about playing music, dancing or doing the tea ceremony - things that real geishas should be doing).
I am soon going to sleep. Fun times. Hello there Sadako, are you in my closet?