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... off the train and be confronted by a fair amount of concrete high-rise architecture, most of which is fairly directly opposite to the mental picture of Kyoto one develops from the guidebooks. Guidebook Kyoto does exist, but it is mostly situated around the edges of the city, and also hidden here and there throughout the body of the city. Our hostel was not far from the train station; as in Takayama, our room was a traditional tatami room with futons, rather ...
... that I never mention any names of the temples. This is because, by now, my counter is at 40 I think. I can't keep the names apart. Along this path we came across a cat. And another. And three more. And another couple. It turns out that a man over there was keeping a house for stray cats. All these cats like the sun and come and sit along the path to catch some rays. Very charming and of course very cute to see Jackie lose her mind over the Nekoooo. (Cat in ...
... This was pretty cool –
there was all kinds of weird, exotic food on offer and lots of little
stalls selling clothes and trinkets. We had some delicious
fish-shaped treats which were sweet dough wrapped around red bean
paste or custard, sweet dough balls, rice balls wrapped in bacon with
mayonnaise and spring onion, and okinomiyaki – fried cabbage with
ponzu sauce – yum!
After that we went to the Nishiki
markets to take ...
... people, so there was a lot of standing involved too. Today we checked out the temple used for the Shogunate, the Golden Pavillion, some Budhist Gardens (no photos allowed, but I've seen a lot better!) and the main shopping district. I am defintely getting Shrine Fatigue! I suppose it doesn't really help Japanese olde buildings were sparsley ...
were back in Kyoto for more exploration. Our first destination today was the Kyoto
Jishu Shrine a.k.a. The Cupid of Japan.
People from all over Japan come to this shrine to pray to find true
love. Charms may be purchased at modest
prices so that the bearer may receive the blessings of that charm. There are charms for success, wisdom, happy
marriage, good health, school work, and of course love. There are many ...