Today we decided to check out the Tetsugaku Michi (Philosopher’s path). This path has an amazing history and we were all very excited to see if we would experience a feeling of peace while walking on it. Philosopher Professor Kitaro Nishida and the economist Professor Hajime Kawakami resided in this neighborhood, and would walk this path frequently, lost in thought. Nearly all professors at that time lived near the university, creating a place where they could meet and mingle without regard for their respective specializations. At the same time, there was a place close at hand where they could go to be by themselves, and just think. The Philosopher's Path is quiet walk from Ginkakuji back to the center of town. It follows a tree lined stream with bridges weaving back and forth over it. We found it incredibly peaceful and easy to get lost in our thoughts. We decided to separate from each other so we could experience the path on our own and be left with our own contemplations. The path follows a canal that is lined with hundreds of cherry trees. Japan is well known for Cherry blossom trees and this path captures the best of the best. We had never seen such beautiful, well-kept landscape. The path is approximately 1.5 km long and takes about 30 minutes to complete. There was a big crowd when we went which made it a little harder to stay in our own thoughts. It would have been nice to see it at night, when people weren’t there to break our concentration. We all met up and headed to our hotel to get ready for a night out on the town.
After researching nightclubs and attempting to ask the locals what spots were the most popular, we decided to check out Club Metro. Club Metro is located inside the Keihan Marutamachi Station and is one of the most interesting places any of us have ever seen! They have a different theme night every night. We happened to come during the drag queen show which is apparently only held once a month. Although Club metro is not a gay club, there seemed to be an abundance of cross dressing going on! They played drum n’ bass and every hour a featured live indie pop band would come on. What a great experience!