On my Mom's birthday, they dressed all four of us in kimonos, which are traditional Japanese clothes. So, me, my Dad and Ty thought that it was really cool that we got to dress up too. Once we were all in our kimonos, we got to walk around in the Gion district, where real Geishas live. It was hard to walk in the sandals, but it was still really fun. We liked exploring the back streets of Kyoto because there are temples, shrine gates, and cool stores. We even saw a real Geisha.
One day in Kyoto, we went to a Japanese movie amusement park called Uzumasa Toei Village. It was really cool and we saw a real ninja show starring a famous, Japanese actor. I even got to battle a samurai with a sword. It was so much fun. We went to a haunted house and it really seemed like it was haunted. We also got to see where they film movies and how they do special effects. I had a really super good day there.
We climbed up a big hill to where the monkeys live and half way up, we saw our first one near a watering hole. We saw a few more monkeys playing in the trees and then guess what else we saw? Baby monkeys! They were the cutest. We saw so many of them. The monkeys were running around everywhere and were swinging from trees and jabbering away to each other. It was really noisy in the monkey forest.
Once we got to the top of the mountain, we stopped at a resting place with fences around it, where we could feed the monkeys. All I did was put a piece of apple in the palm of my hand and put my hand near them and the monkeys would take the apple and eat it. After we fed the monkeys, we went to a playground with a really big slide going down the hill.
So, that was my trip to Kyoto. Visiting the monkeys was one of the best days of my life.