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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post

Aussie SF Japan road trip?

 

 

Interesting idea - I think that it would either be great fun, or absolutely terrible!  

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post
 

Well, I just arrived in Osaka. I will only have two days in Kyoto so I will pore over the information posted above and try to make a bit of a plan.

 

Sounds like I'll need to be up and about very early to avoid the worst crowds.

 

JM, based on your description I might hit one of those temples very early, then mosey around the Higashiyama district. I take it that walking the streets won't be quite as crowded as the official tourist traps.

 

But now - I'm off to the Osaka branch of Kamakura Shirts!

 

Cox, I hope that you have a great time. As a "greatest hits" of Kyoto, I'd recommend Kiyomizudera temple and the Higashiyama/Gion area in the eastern part of Kyoto; Kinkakuji and Ryoanji (in the north-west part of Kyoto, within walking distance of each other) and Nijo-jo castle, which is in central Kyoto, about 4km north of Kyoto station (you can get there by taxi, bus or subway). 

 

In Higashiyama, there are some lovely old streets around Pontocho and the surrounding area alongside the Kamogawa River. There's also some old-fashioned, covered shopping arcades nearby near the corner of Shijo and Karasuma streets.

 

Then, if you have time, head out to Fushimi Inari Taisha to the south, to Sagano/Arashiyama to the west, or to Ginkakuji and the Philosopher's Path (walk from Ginkakuji down to Nanzen-ji and Eikando) to the north-west.

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happy new year gents
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I'd agree with JM's selection. also try spotting a geisha. they are a marvel.
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also try sporting a geisha. they are a marvel.

Transfiguration of Coxie
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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post

Well, I just arrived in Osaka. I will only have two days in Kyoto so I will pore over the information posted above and try to make a bit of a plan.

Sounds like I'll need to be up and about very early to avoid the worst crowds.

JM, based on your description I might hit one of those temples very early, then mosey around the Higashiyama district. I take it that walking the streets won't be quite as crowded as the official tourist traps.

But now - I'm off to the Osaka branch of Kamakura Shirts!

Still waiting on pics of your new Cucinelli.

Have a look at Ring Jacket? Interested to see what you think of them.

Your timing is not too good, but I have had good feedback on Hajime in Osaka- fusion of French and Japanese cuisine.

In other news, the drop in the AUD versus HKD is keenly felt. A sampling of recent prices- JL William 2 boot, on discount= HKD$12000. Testoni Amedeo half croc norvegese=HKD$11000. Berluti monk strap =HKD$16000. Corthay Arca=HKD$16000. Cucinelli cashmere wool coat, 50% discount=HKD$22000. Canali Kei sport coat=HKD$13000. Berluti briefcase, on discount 40%=HKD$23000. On average, prices in HKD are about twice the prices in Europe. Not much fun.
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Geisha? BTDT. (OK, she was half Japanese, half Puerto Rican. But still a trained geisha. And no, I didn't pay.)

 

PP, you're right about the terrible timing. Kamakura Shirt in Osaka closed one hour before I got there. Coccinella don't re-open until 5th. However, there's good news. I return to Osaka on evening of 8th, and will have a full day on 9th to hit Kamakura, Coccinella, Ring Jacket and then maybe Hajime for dinner.

 

Japanese hotel rooms are like little boxes. However, there's a lot of value crammed into those little boxes.

 

I wouldn't have a clue how to order Japanese food so last night I gave up and had tapas instead.

 

Today I think I'll hit the Pontocho area of Kyoto, and tomorrow I will catch various Raku buses and try to do at least a couple of temples and that Philosopher's Walk. I wonder whether the latter will help me figure out "what it's all about then, Guv".

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It just occurred to me - "Coccinella" and "Cuccinelli".

 

I wonder whether there might be some kind of causal link.

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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post

It just occurred to me - "Coccinella" and "Cuccinelli".

I wonder whether there might be some kind of causal link.

Philosophically speaking as there are no such things as coincidence's it's a statement of synchronised alignment to life. Obviously the Force is wth you Sensei.
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It just occurred to me - "Coccinella" and "Cuccinelli".

 

I wonder whether there might be some kind of causal link.

 

Isn't Coccinella the scientific name for the genus of insects that we call ladybirds/ladybeetles? In Latin, "cocineus" means scarlet (hence the name for the bright red food dye made from crushed insects is cochineal). 

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Hi gents,
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
 

Isn't Coccinella the scientific name for the genus of insects that we call ladybirds/ladybeetles? In Latin, "cocineus" means scarlet (hence the name for the bright red food dye made from crushed insects is cochineal). 

 

You just Googled that.

 

Nobody could actually know that stuff for real.

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I actually knew that, or at least remembered it when JM posted it. Part of being a fly fisher, you end up being an amateur entomologist by default.
Edited by Henry Carter - 1/1/16 at 12:46am
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Sydney NYE commuters outraged at being charged 7.9 times the normal fee by Uber, after explicitly agreeing to pay 7.9 times the normal fee.

 

 

"But...but...I was blind drunk when I agreed to that!"

 

True - but the next morning, although by now sober, you were still stupid.

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Anybody interested in a miss sized panama bob? About 56-57 cm (although marked as 58), ~ 250 wpsi. Brand new with a really soft leather band. Only flaw is that the hat was clearly resized from a larger size, so a stitch marks are visible. Looks roughly equal in quality to the $400 ones at Strand Hatters/City Hatters.

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Originally Posted by FredAstaire1899 View Post

Anybody interested in a miss sized panama bob? About 56-57 cm (although marked as 58), ~ 250 wpsi. Brand new with a really soft leather band. Only flaw is that the hat was clearly resized from a larger size, so a stitch marks are visible. Looks roughly equal in quality to the $400 ones at Strand Hatters/City Hatters.

iSurg might buy it off you if you can guarantee delivery before 2018.
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