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The Return of Dotomburi
After the aquarium, we headed back to Dotombori to sample its evening delights and some local specialities – okonomiyaki and takoyaki.
At night, the scene is full of neon lights and more than one octopus on the wall singing 'Takoyaki' to the tune of Handel's Messiah.
The streets are crowded with people wanting tasty food and a good time and we ...
... floor from where you would need to board an escalator for the last leg which carries you all the way to the top. Excellent view of the city on all directions. On our way back, we did try the cafe for a cappuccino and sundae ice-cream. On the first floor, they had 2 wooden statues of cow and a giraffe and a water feature where you can also take pictures.
Headed back straight to the hotel in a cab since it was my check in time at 3PM. Collected the ...
... of me, warning me to back off with a gust of wind. We sat on the curb to snack on our red bean mochi. The white floury powder covered my fingers. The eagles just kept circling, screeching, and swooping right in front of us to feed. It was just another day in Kyoto, but a marvelous day for me.
The mochi sank into my stomach like an anchor, and we pedaled past a red-bricked university toward the Philosopher's Path. Just as I hadn't expected Hibiya Park to be my favorite ...
... you could buy- for safe driving, for a good marriage, for wealth, for the end of headaches- just about anything. There was one area where people walked between 2 rocks with their eyes closed. If they reached the second rock, they would find true love.
Then I walked around a couple of streets, lined with traditional wooden homes with great shops and treated myself to a green tea ice cream float. The green tea is so good here!
I went to a couple ...
... flight attendant who started out working for Pan Am, in the days when they wore white gloves and passengers flew in suits and furs!
After arriving at Kansai and getting quickly through customs and passport control, I bought a JR West train pass from a friendly English-speaking clerk in the JR ticket office. After you buy the pass, a second person standing behind the clerk bows and thanks you (I think?) in Japanese. I took the Haruka Limited Express ...