I meet you at Kyoto Station at 8 a.m. I take you to a local home which is 8 minutes walk from the meeting point. I teach you how to use abacus or how to write Japanese calligraphy for 45 minutes. Then, we go to Sanjusangendo temple by bus which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Measuring 120 meters, the temple hall is Japan's longest wooden structure. The name Sanjusangendo (literally "33 intervals") derives from the number of intervals between the building's support columns. Next, we go to a long-established Japanese confectionery shop. You will have one of the Japanese cakes together with a cup of green tea. Finally we go to Gion-Shijo by a train. I give an explanation about the maiko and the geisha girl to you in the back alley of Gion. The tour will finish in front of Gion corner at 12:30
I have been working as a licensed tour guide for 4 years and I was chosen as an excellent guide of Japan in 2017 by the global travel company and was invited to the Australian head office. I learned an abacus and penmanship from a primary schoolchild to a junior high student. And, when I was high school student, I taught a primary schoolchild and a junior high student the abacus. Then long time passed, and I could pass the test of the first class of the abacus four years ago. I think that both the abacus and the penmanship connect with the spirit of Zen meditation. Both are because a consciousness to stare at oneself is necessary in addition to a power of concentration. Therefore, I would like to teach foreign people what an abacus and penmanship are: it would help to understand Japanese spirituality.
We go to a local Japanese home where you learn how to use abacus or how to write Japanese calligraphy. Then, we go to Sanjusangendo temple by bus which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Next, we go to nearby a long-established Japanese confectionery shop in Shichijo. You have a Japanese confectionery with green tea there. Finally we go to Gion where I give an explanation about the maiko and geisha.
Calligraphy, visit 1001 Cannon and Gion