I feel like I say this every week, but sorry for the delay. I still haven't been feeling well, I had to prepare for class today and it took longer than I expected for my second vlog to load on YouTube, so I haven't been able to write about my weekend until now. But on with it: I went to Kyoto for the first time on Saturday!
The studio park, or 映画村 (eiga mura/movie village) serves dual functions: theme park and movie set. Because the park is designed to resemble an Edo-era village, period piece productions always have a ready-made set available. As I was leaving the park, I actually stumbled upon a real shoot going on! The crew just blocked off a stretch of "street", set up their equipment, put up signs telling the crowd to be quiet and not take pictures, and went to work. They were really serious about the "no cameras" thing, but I was able to take one picture from behind.
We were only in the Arashiyama area for a total of 2 hours, then we boarded the bus back to Hikone. To be honest, I don't think that this trip gave me a real taste of Kyoto. I had a feeling it wouldn't. But it seemed like everyone else at JCMU had already been to Kyoto, and at least now I can say that I have too! I plan on going back later this month to visit a high school friend of mine anyway, so no worries. I've still got a month left here in Japan, which is plenty of time for exploring.
70 Days in Kansai photos (JUNE)