Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka, Kyoto

Picking up from where we left off in Kiyomizudera, we head straight downhill to two of the loveliest streets in Japan, Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka, which are lined with wooden shops and tea houses.

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photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

Springtime is sakura (cherry blossom) time. You must catch them when they bloom for two weeks of the year. We were two weeks too early. It was a cold winter so the sakura took a little longer to open up this year.

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Sakura ice cream.

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Hooray for a sunny day!

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Follow our young, bilingual tour guide Mia, who's holding the blue flag. With the huge crowds and our wayward group of 13, a flag was necessary.

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photo credit: Ricci Sylla

Street food.

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photo credit: Ricci Sylla

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photo credit: Ricci Sylla

Wearing traditional clothes has come in vogue with young people, so there were a lot of girls wearing beautiful spring kimonos in Kyoto.

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photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

Ducking into a tea house for afternoon refreshments.

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photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

In Kyoto there are many shops that allow tourists to dress as geisha (artist) in fancy kimonos, geta, makeup and wig. This district has many of them so these painted ladies are out-of-towners playing dress up, not the real deal.

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

Ninen-zaka leads right into Gion, the geisha district.

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

Photos in today's globetrotting story were taken by Dr. Ricci Sylla.

Ricci is an ObGyn by profession, and an avid, snap-happy photographer at all other times. She likes taking pictures mostly of food, but since the recent population explosion in her family, cute nieces and nephews show up much more frequently in her Picasa files. She hearts cake, ice cream, macarons, cotton candy and fancy desserts! 

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