During one of my visits to Japan and Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake we had the great honor to participate in our employees annual company trip to Kyoto. Part of the transportation to Kyoto was by boat and River Rafting.
On the Hozugawa river from Kameoka to Kyoto's scenic Arashiyama we were surrounded by stunning sights and the many sounds of nature
On the way to Arashiymaya where the Hozugawa becomes the Kamogawa river, which in turn flows into the Yodogawa river we had time for a break in silent water.
At the Arashiyama Hotel we had hot bath and was dressed in Local Costumes, had a Great Dinner and was singing Karaoke.At bedtime the local "floor sleeping equipment" became a big surprise, and especially the pillow (made of dried rice?) gave us a some sleeping challenges.
The day after we visited the Toei Movie Land and the Samurais, the Golden Tower and the Heian Jingu Shinto Shrine with the great Torii.
Tullens body guard . The Last Samurai.
Eating in Japan is a sitting challenge, but the food is fantastic either you get it in season-colored boxes or in luxury restaurants.To all my colleagues and friends in Japan: Thank you for your great hospitality.