Every Stall that I bought something from gave me something extra with the heartfelt " a gift from me". This was said with their hands over their hearts. It really does give new meaning to a " Gift with Purchase".
This a sample of one of my gifts.
These thongs (flip flops) have been woven from fabric.
That evening was the Conference Dinner at Azekura. I can recommend that you have dinner here if you ever get the opportunity to visit Kyoto. Elise's camera worked over time as each course was presented.
They have the most amazing gardens with views. I have lots of photos that I took especially for my Mother. The Autumn leaves are quite something. The Americans couldn't understand this Queenslander's fascination with the colour of the leaves. Here on the coast we just don't get that. In fact ,even the trees that are supposed to lose their leaves don't.
After dinner, we caught the subway back. At the Kyoto Station there is the most delicious Cake Shop, BERRY. Over the week we had noted so many people having their photos taken in front of the window. Not to be outdone....
They definately taste as good as they look.
Now I know this post doesn't include any photos of braiding, however, I wanted to leave you with this image. Naomi Kunishi and Mitsue Ui in their traditional kimonos before leaving for Azekura. Thanks Ladies for graciously agreeing to pose.