Birdwatching on the Shirakawa in Gion, Kyoto. This is the actual section of the Shirakawa in the book and movie "Memoirs of a Geisha." The teahouses and restaurants backing the stream are the ones in Tominaga-cho. The bird is a common "aosagi" or blue heron. The last few scenes (starting from the lantern in dark street) are not Gion but the district called Miyagawa-cho and Kamo River.

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