This picture of a quiet lane in Kyoto’s famous Gion area reminds me of a particular late night walk me and my wife undertook during our stay in the city last year. Rain had played spoilsport through most of the day and the itinerary had gone for a toss. It was also going to be our last day of the Japan tour and we were supposed to fly out the next evening. Intrepid as we were, we decided to make the most of the moment, and around 10PM decided to venture out and explore the city on foot. Kyoto is beautiful at any time of the day, but it seemed even more wonderful at night.