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Recently, I took a much anticipated and long awaited trip to Kyoto. While I was growing up, my mother shared such films with me like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "House of Flying Daggers", "Hero", and other martial arts films, peaking my interest in Asian culture. After hearing stories about Japan and Kyoto from my parents' visit, I knew that one day I should try to go to Japan myself. Then I saw "Memoirs of a Geisha" and I knew in my heart of hearts that somehow I would get to those organge Tori gates and run through them and up the mountain like little Sayuri did with taiko drums beating, shamisen strumming, my feet pounding up the stone stairs, sweating all the way to the top. Well, here I am, fresh from having those moments met, although at a slower pace and minus the theme music, yet feeling ever so satisfied. And sweaty.