Aside from all the temples, Kyoto has a fair few things going for it. The promenade that hugs the river is a wonderful place to escape the crowds of Gion. We grabbed a couple of cans of Asahi ($1. Ridiculous) and plonked ourselves down on the waters edge. To help wash down our delicious Japanese beers we were lucky enough to catch one of the most inventive and downright rad fire twirling shows I have ever seen. This guy was some kind of brilliant break-dancing-fire-swallowing maverick.
It was a one of the cooler nights we had experienced, and although the air was still slightly thick with humidity, there was little that could pull us back down to reality. Japan has us in her grasps and I don’t really want to try to escape, it’s just too good here.