21st October, 2006 - Departing from the world of bamboo and dragons, T-chan and I made our way down to Hozugawa... past a crowd of unlikely spectators. It was as if the local Buddha club had come to watch a great show. Hopefully that was a good omen... but then again, perhaps it wasn't.
Near the temple of Tenryū-ji lies the river known both as Oi-gawa and Hozu-gawa. Across this river spans the bridge known as Togetsu-Kyō which was originally constructed in 1606. Nowadays however it is a normal thoroughfare, more prone to traffic jams than the flow of history.
The trip took perhaps 15 minutes to reach the staging area; and whilst the light was a struggle for my poor camera, it was quite scenic as twilight turned into night.
On our way back to the train station, we got to talk with one of the other audience members. Apparently they had known one of the performers (who we suspect had provided free tickets)... that meant other than us, there were only three other paying customers (at most). Kawaisou!
She had also said that we had come at the best time... She looked very sweet when she told us that later in November (for Autumn Colours) it would be hell in Kyōto as it was so crowded! Whilst the day had started crowded in To-ji, it ended anything but crowded on the late night train back to home. It was a big day... and we were both exhausted. Whew! Keep it up, T-chan... you did very well.