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Starting the day with freshly made Onigiri, we packed up our big bags and made our way to Osaka station to catch the train to Kyoto.
After briefly marvelling at Kyoto station (more on that later), we headed to Kokusaikaikan (say it 3 times fast) at the top of Kyoto's equivalent of the Northern Line to meet Rumi, our hostess for the next few days.
We were met by Rumi's friend Ayano, a nursing student from Hokkaido, and a local boy on a ...
... I love most, and though I sounded nothing like them, it was one of the best times I have had since we left Austin.
A lot of people have looked at me askance when I tell them I planned the whole trip from beginning to end before we left. Sam and I are planners, but I was a little worried that we might feel "hemmed in" to our plans from time to time. So far, that hasn't happened, and the time I've saved during our trip by not having to research and ...
... which meant we had to meet up with the train midway between Shirahama and Osaka. The limited express that we were booked on only makes a few stops. With both Mayumi and Yumi were taking care of us we were pretty confident that we wouldn't miss our connection.
This road took us past hundreds of plum orchards. We were early when we arrived in Minabe which gave us time to wander through a store selling plums. These rock hard green plums are sold to ...
... that we have ample yen on hand. Of course, we can't leave out having brunch before we start a long day. We had brunch at Kyoto Central's Porta dining. We lined up in a restaurant where everyone seems to prefer. We did not even understand the restaurant's name. The food was just right yet my companion seems to enjoy the taste of ramen and sashimi. The food price was a little bit expensive yet still reasonable.
Then, off we go to our tour destinations. We rode the bus 205 in going ...
... museum is located in an old school building and we were able to see some preserved offices and classrooms from the beginning of 19th century. There are thousands of manga books that are stored in the museum and visitors are allowed to borrow them to read in the school yard, sitting on the grass or benches. There was an interesting exhibition on chronology of manga, and there I found the first volume of ...