Joel makes his last stop of Japan in Kyoto. He travels with his group to visit the ever-so-beautiful Kinkaku-ji. Afterwards, they go on to the first Deaf school in all of Japan. They take in the history, and learn how the teachers communicate with their students! They make a stop at a local market filled with tiny stores up and down one long road. See how Joel reacts after trying the octopus! They also are fortunate enough to see one of the rare and cherished jewels of Kyoto, the geishas, out and about, which is unusual and good luck! The group wraps up their travels of Kyoto and Japan at the fountain where they make a wish for one of three traditional gifts given by God. Join in the fun to see the beauty and history of this old city!  (captioned)


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  • Biggest hello & Greetings to you, our dear best ASL adventurer, Joel ! Heaven yes you have our recommendations !!!!! Joel is still amazing ! (* _ ~) The Best on FACEBOOK:)) Speechless is what we are after “No Barriers with Joel Barish” shows !

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  • Great video! I have been to Kyoto a few times while living in Japan. By the way, they are maiko, not geisha. You can tell because they tie their obi with long ends, geisha (called geiko in Kyoto) have their obis tied shorter. 🙂

  • Hi Meredith, yes, you are correct. For anyone who is interested:

    Geisha are women who are traditional Japanese entertainers. They study and perform several arts, including dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments (e.g. shamisen, flute, small hand drums). Different regions in Japan have different terms for this kind of artist. Geisha is the term used in and around Tokyo, geiko is the term used in and around Kyoto, and geigi is the term used in and around Fukuoka.

    Before becoming a geisha/geiko/geigi, most (but not all!) women go through an apprenticeship of several years. In Tokyo, the apprentices are called hangyoku, while in Kyoto they are called maiko.

    Maiko and geiko can usually be told apart by difference in their costume, such as sleeve length (maiko wear long sleeves) and by the shape of the obi (maiko wear a long, trailing obi while geiko wear a shorter obi tied in a square knot).

    Both maiko and geiko paint their faces white. Maiko usually style their own hair and wear elaborate hair ornaments, while geiko usually wear wigs and their hair ornaments are much more simple.