Kaiseki was another discovery. It's a Japanese form of haute cuisine with a special emphasis on multiple courses, local seasonal ingredients, and presentation. As you'll see in the photos below, presentation plays an important role through the 9-course meal I enjoyed one evening.
In keeping with traditional Japanese etiquette, I had removed my shoes at the restaurant's entrance, and sat Indian style on the floor at a low table where I awaited each course with great anticipation (mostly because I couldn't read the Japanese menu).
If you've tried Kaiseki in Kyoto, I'd like to hear about your experience in the Comments section.