While in Kyoto, we visited the Gion district, which is popularly known for Geishas(gieko), perhaps it was the time of the year or day we visited but there weren’t many geiko in sight. Nevertheless we weren’t disappointed because we instead happened upon the beauty of the local Japanese architecture. It was a humbling and surreal experience for me as we walked these ‘ancient’ streets. The buildings are so well preserved that we were able to realistically imagine life in the ancient times of the Gion district. The roads are no wider than 5-6m and this, in my view heightened the warm ‘sense of place’ that the beautiful aging wood to gave. Though old, the buildings and atmosphere are unique in this modern yet ‘ancient’ town.