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Weather in February in Kyoto
You can find extremely useful information about the weather in Kyoto for the month of February that can help you to plan your trip on Holiday Weather.
Winter continues into February. In this month there is a chance of rain or snow. Bring your mink coat and your umbrella.
Keep in mind that you need to take off your shoes when you are entering some of the temples. If you are a religious person then you should not plan your vacation to Kyoto during February.
At this time of the year, many attractions close early and you need to get out of bed really early or you won’t have enough time.
On the other hand, if you are a night person then this is the best time of the year for you. You can start your party at 17:00!
Here are some outfit ideas.
What to wear if you are a woman
You must bring your Australian Ugg boots, which are not really Australian and they are actually made by a company located in the United States of America called Decker Outdoors Corporation (DECK)
If you are on a tight budget and you cannot spend too much cash on uggs, there is always the newcomer which is still selling for less because very few people know them.
Bearpaw started in 2001 in California and they are still building a reputation.
This is obvious, but, if you have a kimono now is the time to wear it. In Japan it is legal to buy and sell oral sex and anal sex. If you are an attractive female dressed like a geisha, then you may get a few offers.
This is normal and you should be flattered if someone wants to have sex with you. Be respectful and act like an educated person. Be polite. What happens in Kyoto stays in Kyoto.
Avoid long V Necks and extremely short shorts. Japan is a very conservative society and you don’t want to cause too many problems dressed too provocatively.
If you were blessed with a huge pair of breasts, then you need to cover yourself. No cleavage in Japan, please.
You don’t need to be packing any dresses. Your legs may get frozen.
What to wear if you are a man
Leave your flip flops at the hotel, you are not in Cancún anymore.
Blue jeans are not a popular choice in Japan. You may not know this, but the blue jeans were designed to last a very long time under very harsh working conditions. Working in a coal mine is hard and most clothes were destroyed quickly. Blue jeans were invented only to save money in uniforms. You had to be extremely poor to wear blue jeans. You don’t have to wear them anymore, you know.
162 years later and Levi Strauss & Co. Still refuses to file for an IPO and sell 10% of the shares to their own employees. Come on! Share some of that wealth with the rest of us. Does the Strauss family really need another $22 million each year? If you split that money among 10,000 employees you get about $2,200 per employee per year. It’s not like they are going to quit and start their own blue jeans companies with that kind cash. It’s just a symbolic gesture. You work hard and you earn the right to buy a few shares in the company.
Going public seems to be working for Wrangler and Lee (VFG). They made a profit of $888 million in 2011, $1,085 million in 2012 and $1,210 million in 2013.
Leave your blue jeans at home or better yet. Ship all of them to my warehouse in Hidalgo, Texas. I promise you that I am not going to resell them on eBay.
What to wear if you are a minor
Pack at least one good pair of warm gloves and a few scarfs.
Bring your sneakers.
Japan has always been a very conservative society and most adults dress just like the adults back home.
As the new generation in charge of the whole planet you have a huge responsibility and it is your job to break old taboos and fashion rules and stick it to the man.
James Dean is still cool and you can still be a rebel without a cause.
In other words, go crazy in Kyoto. You can wear a straight jacket if you want. If you have been waiting for the right moment to wear a puffy shirt exactly like the one Jerry Seinfeld used to wear then Kyoto is the right place to do it.
If you happen to live in Los Angeles then you can ask your nanny to drive you all the way to the East side to buy a traditional mariachi outfit.
You can also try the Big Daddy look. This works even better if you have a little sister because she can dress like a prostitute.
If you are a geek then you can dress as the Doppler Effect. A popular Halloween choice in the United States of America, but this is Kyoto and you can wear it any day of the week.
You are lucky if you have enough money to travel all the way to Kyoto, where you have the freedom to dress exactly the way you want it. A lot of people in other countries have fewer options.
Before you begin your journey, you can order a customized white T-shirt that says “Will exchange my little sister for a table at 安久”
安久 is one of the best restaurants in the entire planet, but only 6 people can eat there at any given moment in time. It is difficult to eat there.
If you happen to have African ancestors, you can try the royal look.
You must send me your cute pictures of yourself taken in Kyoto. Share your craziness with the rest of us. Seems to be working for Dizzee Rascal.
Nobody knows more about globe-trotting than the National Geographic Society, which has been around us since 1888. If you are not currently a 21 Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) shareholder then you should buy a few shares each month. They will pay you at least $100 each month assuming you hold at least 4,800 shares which should be more than enough to pay for your satellite or cable bill.
Sadly, the National Geographic Channel barely reaches 73.95% of the households in the United States of America.
As Lieutenant Dan Taylor played by Academy Award Nominee Gary Sinise used to suggest in the classic film Forrest Gump.
Take good care of your feet
Make sure you don’t bring any socks with holes to Kyoto.
Nasal sprays are illegal in Japan. Check with both your medic and your lawyer before you attempt to bring one to Japan with you.
There is no such thing as free Wi-Fi in Japan. Why should we help the wealthy and the middle class if they have enough cash to buy a tablet, a phone or a notebook when there are millions of hungry and unemployed people in the United States of America? Japan has the right idea.
If anybody in the United States of America is currently accessing the internet for free paid as little as $1 per hour then unemployment would drop to 0%.
It’s time to contact IBM. They can hook you up with internet access in Japan.
Where do I eat when I am in Kyoto?
- 菊乃井 本店 is a three star restaurant and anybody can have a lunch for less than $40 but you only can get this extremely low price from 12:00 to 13:00. You cannot just walk in. Your hotel concierge can take care of this for you. If you are staying in a hotel without a concierge then this restaurant may not be the best fit for you.
- 吉泉 is a three star restaurant and if you don’t want to spend a King’s ransom for your food you only have a very small window of opportunity from 12:00 to 12:30. You cannot just walk in. You can get a reservation here, even if you are staying at a Ryokan.
- 吉兆 嵐山本店 is a three star restaurant and they have been in business since 1948. They have been preparing superb food for three generations. You cannot buy these places at any price. Your father has to die and then you continue the tradition working as a chef for the rest of your life. You can make a reservation for a table right here three days before you arrive in Kyoto.
- 千花 is a three star restaurant and they have been in business since 1946. This restaurant does not allow any children under 10 and they sell all their tables exclusively to concierges. The best investment that you will ever make is that $500 EUR (Euros) bill that you are giving to the concierge. Keep the tips coming daily until you leave Japan. You may get a table if you are really lucky. If you are closing a business deal in Kyoto, then demand a table for your company at this fine establishment for the next decade. Your boss will love you for the rest of his life and you will gain a lot of respect in Kyoto.
- なかむら is a three star restaurant and they have been in business since 1827. If you want to make a reservation just call them. Here is the official website in English.
I hope this article can help you to decide what to pack.