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Kyoto My Love,

With your Japanese Zen gardens, temples, streets and parks, you make one feel as if she is walking in a movie setting. One has to see you to get to know Japan and its culture. Being the capital city of Japan for almost 300 years, you host various historical and cultural sites.

I knew that we definitely should have spent the night in a Ryokan when we took a Shinkansen that runs at a speed of 320 km/h from Tokyo and arrived there in two and a half hours. I preferred Hoshinoya Kyoto by the river in Arashimaya region which can only be reached by a traditional boat. And I spent a long time there, just to absorb your magic fully. I had my Japanese breakfast in my room, which I took off my shoes before walking in, located in a hundred-year building. I then rested in the Zen garden of the hotel and attended a tea ceremony. In the evening, I had my dinner which included different small dishes of the Kyoto cuisine that resembled a painting together, in a restaurant comprised of separate rooms that were specially designed for the guests of the hotel.

The next day I visited Kinka-Ku-Ji which is famous for its Golden Pavilion, Fushimi Inarı Shrine that you enter through a 4km red wooden gate and the Kodaji Temple which is known for its Zen gardens that the monks design using thin sand with their own hands every day.

Gion is one of the oldest regions that hosts the boarding schools of Geishas who have declined in number considerably recently. I walked on its streets where people were wandering around in their traditional outfits between the buildings and pagodas.

This country is more like an actor that strives to perform excellently, as it is more important how you do it rather than what you do here. The pack is more crucial than the gift and your manner of saying mean a lot more than your words. So, we look at how it acts, what it wears and how it speaks, not how it acts.

It is very modern, very clean, very civilized yet very exotic, western and oriental at the same time. Japan has created its civilization without ruining its own values.

It seems that no one will ever learn the secret of Japan that could achieve so much and contribute to the contemporary western world without compromising on its traditions.

I will come and visit you again Kyoto. Who knows, you might whisper a word to me about your secret.

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