The gray clouds thickened yesterday, giving some credence to the possibility that a monster typhoon was scheduled to hit Japan in the near future. As far as we could tell, no one in Kyoto, with the exception of ourselves, seemed overly concerned. We vacillated between thinking we should get supplies and hunker down, to feeling like we were over reacting to the situation. After hard boiling some eggs, and getting some bottled water, we grew restless. I suggested we take a break from the uncertain storm watch and visit a new museum that had opened in Kyoto on Oct. 1. It was a good decision.
The museum was unknown to our first cab driver. He said no to our request because he couldn’t easily figure out its location. Undeterred, we got into another cab. We found the building on the river bank in Arashiyama, a naturally beautiful area of Kyoto where aristocrats and nobility used as a retreat. Now it is often overrun with tourists, but still beautiful. The museum was an uncrowded delight.