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Thursday Urban # 4 (I know I’m a bit late)
Pathway

Can you believe that on the left of this pathway is a very high fence and outside the fence is a very busy road? This is the garden at Heian Shrine in Kyoto!

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Happy Saturday everyone!!

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BOOKCASE TOUR TUESDAY

Momiji!! That’s what we were hoping to see. We were early and we knew it, but we hoped that by some freak of nature, Japan would be awash with colour. Not to be, unfortunately.

So we bought a book. We brought it home with us. It is a permanent fixture on the bedside table and here is the tour of the “Autumn Colors of Kyoto” Photographs by Hidehiko Mizuno, Kayu Mizuno, Yasutaka Ogawa.

Page 55 – Traditional dried confectioneries in seasonal shapes and colours

Page 86 – Kibune Shrine

Page 82 – Genko-an Temple

Page 84 – Oharagawa River

My moody assistant pawing over the dust cover!

DAY 14 – LAST DAY IN KYOTO

We leave for Yukuhashi tomorrow at around 11.30am.  It will be difficult to say goodbye to Kyoto. It feels like we’re only just getting acquainted.

Shotengai wandering

roses

edamame

orchids

pickles

Dinner – Yanagiya Honten Sushi Restaurant

(highly recommended)

Fugu

sushi

wasabi

Until we meet again…

DAY 13/28 – QUICK TRIP TO OSAKA

Today we took it a little easy. We don’t want to overdo things, do we?

We took a trip to Namba and a long walk down a shotengai and back and then caught a couple of trains home (back to Kyoto).

Length and Volume

girl

The “plant & bike” department in Muji

Hmmm, I'll take an agave and a Malvern Star thanks!

Hmmm, I'll take an agave and a Malvern Star, thanks!

Free period in the shotengai

boys

Dinner – Mima Deli

menu

dinner

Our third day in Kyoto. We’re trying to work out how long would be long enough really. Next time, after we have spent our month in Hokkaido, hmmm, about a month in Kyoto??…  Maybe spring time? Then again, maybe when there’s snow. Is there skiing somewhere? Dreams and decisions – may the two collide gracefully!

See you tomorrow beloved…

DAY 12/28 – RAINY DAY IN KYOTO

It’s nice to have dry feet at last.

I’m sorry, this is going to be short and sweet. It is after 11.30pm here in beautiful, wet (but drying out, I hope) Kyoto.

NIJO-JO (from under the umbrella)

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Heian Shrine

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Afternoon Tea Souffle

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Good night all. God bless you..

DAY 11/28 KYOTO – SIX HOUR WALK AROUND THE BLOCK

BREAKFAST  AT  STARBUCKS

Us

Breakfast

SANJO-DORI  STREET

Secret garden

Kimono Shop

Window

Tabi

KAMO-GAWA  RIVER

Crane

Noryo Yuka

Noryo Yuka

GION  DISTRICT

Maiko

Gion cat

Gion

Gion vege

Ogawa Coffee

DINNER – KUROGANE-TEI

Sake

Menu

Okonomiyaki

Whimsical salad

BACK  TO  THE  HOTEL

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Good night all. God bless and see you tomorrow!!

DAY 10/28 – MATSUSHIMA TO KYOTO

Well, here we are in Kyoto, the place we are staying the longest of all – 5 nights!

This morning before breakfast we did a quick walk around the water front at Matsushima.

Matsushima bridge

Gull

We stayed the night at the Century Hotel which included dinner and breakfast, both of which were superb. Apart from that we had little time for anything else. I again ventured to the public bath/onsen. The experience still freaks me out a bit, but I’m getting used to it. However I’m beginning to think bathing in the bathroom in our room is probably more practical since I just have to come back anyway to do all the other stuff, like makeup, hair etc. We’ll see..  (sorry, no photos).

We left Matsushima at 10.30am and travelled to Kyoto via Sendai and Tokyo.

Tokyo Peter

We finally arrived at our hotel just after 5pm. So tonight we decided just to wander around and find a place to dine. We found a truly authentic and delightful yakitori style restaurant called Mima Deli (yes, unusual name. It had nothing to do with a delicatessen). It wasn’t on the tourist map but luckily I travel with my interpreter who came in very handy on this occasion! The menu was hand written in Japanese, a challenge even for the very experienced Peter san. He did come through with shining colours though and was once again complimented on his excellent Nihongo!

Mima Deli

Now, to the food. We ordered the yakotori and salad set. We each received a skewer of chicken/shallots, pork/shallots, chicken leg, potato with chilli sauce and snapper. Each one was ‘truly luxurious’, with its own unique flavour enhanced by, I think, marinades and sauces, which I can never identify.

The salad, comprising lettuce, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin, cucumber, daikon and other tidbits was dressed with a subtle splash of something that had a kind of burnt brown sugar, buttery flavour. Perfect! Meat and three (or more) vege. Naka naka herushii!

Yakitori

On the way back to the hotel we stopped in at a giant bookstore and Starbucks. In my ongoing attempt to live dangerously I ordered the white chocolate mocha latte and Peter settled on the plain latte since the creme brulee latte was all “sold out”? Would it be wrong to drink white chocolate smothered with ridiculously thick swirls of whipped cream for breakfast? What if I become addicted? There is no Starbucks in WA. I love that WHITE CHOCOLATE MOCHA LATTE!! I think the best thing is to drink it until I am sick of the sight of it. Yes, that sounds like a plan.

Well, that’s it for today. It was a great day and we are so looking forward to our long, long stay in Kyoto.

Good night until tomorrow!