Jul

21

 One of the highlights of my trip to Japan was dining on the top of the mountain or hirobun in Kyoto. (photos can be found here). In addition to a magnificent meal starting with, "Here's the shogun. Let us make sure he gets to sit with a back on his chair" and ending at their accounting office where I paid– yes. We had 100 courses in the keirotsu style and the custard and abalone and sushi were great.

A highlight was looking down at the next set of benches at a geisha in training with her boss, the owner. I asked how much it might cost to have the pleasure of such a one, and the owner mistakenly thought it was a real life query rather than a hypothetical. I speculated 10 million yen. She responded, she couldn't even consider such a request as she already had a customer sitting next to her at the table and to feign interest in any other proposal would be discourteous. However, the price would have been 10 or 20 times a high as my hypothetical.


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