26 Jan '11, 11pm

Tradition in a teacup

HERE'S what most people know about Kyoto: The city was once the imperial capital. It's the backdrop to the ancient gilded world of the geishas. And it's got plenty of pretty temples. All of which is true. This 1,200-year-old imperial city served as the seat of the government from 794 AD to 1868. It's a living, breathing legacy of old Nippon, housing more than 2,000 Buddhist temples, shrines and monasteries - 17 of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Its first temple, the Kiyomizu Temple, built 798 AD, was a finalist for the New Seven Wonders Of The World, due in part to its large wooden veranda supported by 139 pillars - each 49m high - from which the view of the city is magnificent. But the city's enduring charms are not limited to just what you can see. As the storehouse of Japanese culture, Kyoto's courtly traditions and exquisite etiquettes which have lasted, almost...

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