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I enjoyed these little streets which looked like old Japan...hadn't it been for the crowd of tourists, school students in their uniforms ( who reminded me of the characters of those Japanese cartoons I used to watch on TV when I was a kid) and young girls strutting in their Kimonos. When I visited Tokyo I didn't see so many women in kimonos and those I spotted where generally elderly and looked rather detached from the crowd of tourists. in Kyoto kimonos seemed to be all the rage I was so fascinated that I wanted to try one on. I was astonished by how many layers it consists of and how many belts thin and large you have to wrap around your waist, sure it's not something you can throw on on the run before hightailing it to work!! And it definitely is not something you would wear on a torrid summer day to visit temples in Kyoto: you need to be Japanese to do that....without any single drop of sweat on your face!!
I enjoyed combing the shops on those streets, some of them selling just common souvenirs others dealing with wooden and painted fans, china and so on. I didn't refrain from stopping by the ice cream shops dotting those streets to dig into yummy cups of sesame ice cream!