runAway: Into the Heart of Kyoto

Aired: Dec. 26, 2019

The team are in Kyoto, once Japan’s capital, and one of the best places to visit to experience traditional Japan. Dean explores Fushimi-Inari Shrine, a shrine made famous by its 1,000 red Torii gates and fox guardians. Meanwhile, Natali experiences a Maiko makeover, dressing in Kimono and trying the make-up of an apprentice Geisha. Finally, the team try Obanzai cuisine, which uses predominantly seasonal ingredients sourced in Kyoto.

runAway team members Dean and Natali in Kyoto
Dean at the Fushimi-Inari Shrine in Kyoto
The "Senbon Torii," thousands of "torii" gates leading up to the sacred Mt. Inari
Natali dressed as a Maiko or an apprentice Geisha
Dean and Natali walking at Gion, Kyoto's famous Geisha district
runAway team members Dean and Duncan eating "obanzai" Kyoto cuisine

Viewers’ Voice

I really enjoyed learning about the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. I have never seen such colourful shrine before. I really liked the colour of the new gates, it is such a unique red hue. The size of the gates was also breathtaking. It feels like a very special place in Kyoto. I had never seen or heard about Obanzai cuisine before, it seems to be very unique and healthy. I would like to learn more about it.

From Kenya

It was amazing to see the thousands of “torii” gates in the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. I really liked the contrast of the old and new gates stacked close together. I do wonder how they'd add more in the future, if they even can, but I can understand why it's so world renowned! I also think Natalie looked wonderful as a Geisha. I liked how you could experience it very hands on.

From Ireland

It was exciting to explore Kyoto. The shrine was beautiful especially the red gates leading to the top. The icing on the cake was the Maiko experience. It was refreshing, genuine and informative.

From the UAE

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