- 22 June 1999
22 June 1999 – Dinner in the Gion district of Kyoto, which claims to be the geisha district (although if we saw any geishas, we didn’t realize it). We ate in a seafood grill restaurant, with a wooden bar and stools surrounding the food preparation area allowing us to see our meals come to life. I devoured a steamed crab (served with vinegar and lemon), grilled onion and shucked corn (corn sat directly on the grill for cooking). Jim ate grilled sardines and shrimp, rice balls and green peppers. We drank a couple of Kirin draft beers. Afterwards we walked for a while eyeing the exciting narrow streets of Gion.