On October 28th, the Kyoto Ryokan Junior Assoc. invited the Nagano team to join them for a seminar. We got to take a tour of The Screen, one of the most fashionable 'design hotels' in the world, as well as a talk by the owner. Then the Kyoto guys made a presentation on their projects for guests from overseas. Finally, our Nagano team made our presentation, with Yours Truly doing the presenting.
That night, we went to the Gion district and the Kyoto team treated us to the ochaya Masu-ume, where we were entertained by maiko.
It was an unforgettable experience -- totally mesmerizing. And I thought it was just me, the foreigner who felt so, but even the Kyoto guys couldn't stop taking pictures!