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... station with line number 10 and can go on. At the half of the way, you should stop by at the coffee "Pomme cake & cafe" try the self might cake. Best for me was the Orange Cake. You can of course sit inside (air-conditioned and cold), but to listen to the of the birds and cicadas is amazing. Because there is a small river just beside the track there is always a light cold wind. Coffee 300,- YEN Apple pie with Cynamon 150,- YEN Orange Cake 150,- YEN A little bit further ...
... the wonderful Japanese teacher at Churchill HS, Yuka Kato) was a great tour guide... again! Together we visited the Temple Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Palace. It is beautiful. What you imagine a small temple to be, surrounded by nature and a pond, but with Golden walls and a Phoenix statue on top. It was built in 1397 but a crazy monk burned it down in 1950. It was quickly reconstructed. We wafted ourselves with the temple incense and wrote out ...
... It's about 10pm by the time I get to Sascha's. we chill for a bit, he plays some guitar, I write and doodle for a bit. By around midnight the day ends for me.
26th May 2013
I borrow Sascha's little spare bicycle and head to Nishiki market. Nishi in Japanese means west, and Higashi means east. I wonder if Nishiki is 'West Ki', which doesn't make much sense. It's a sort of a massive farmers market where everything is quite fresh and you get stuff that ...
... their new addition to their family. It was awesome to hear how they were doing and talk about our trip as well. Sipping sake, reminiscing about South America and talking about our experience in Japan, it was a nice relaxing night amongst friends.
Our next few days were spent seeing the city by the day and meeting up with Kristen's family for dinner. One of the best highlights of the trip to Kyoto was a trip to ...
... 50% destroyed), and has a calmer air to it, but there was something else here - a difference that was bugging me. It took me a day to realise: Kyoto is outdoors.
Here people jog and cycle, which they do in Tokyo too but not in the same numbers (at least that I saw). You can hear ravens crying out as they shift from the hills to the tops of the city centre buildings. People walk their dogs and cycle along the river banks. Kyoto has a horizon of hills, currently ...