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It's hard to believe we've been in Kyoto for nearly a week. It's flown by and been busy, but good. I'm back at the hotel having some time to myself and Rod's gone to explore some more temples. This week in Kyoto is Silver Week, which is essentially a roughly once in every four year occurrence, whereby several public holidays all coincide creating a five day holiday in Japan. The relevance to the Japanese cannot be stressed enough, as most Japanese people are lucky to get ...
... walkways which are famous here. There are two main areas which are paths with huge bamboo forests each side. It was really cool but again, very crowded. We went back to the centre of Kyoto and went to the Imperial Palace grounds to chill out. There were lots of grassy areas and trees so we found a nice place and watched some TV. Then it was back to Osaka as we were getting a bus from there to Hiroshima the next day. I had contacted Kyo and he'd said we could stay the night ...
... 8230;and it was amazing! It tasted just like a teriyaki rice bowl on a stick. It ended up being just a thinly pounded piece of pork wrapped around sushi rice and then covered in a lite coating of teriyaki sauce and it turned out our bravery was very well rewarded. By the time we finished our rice on a stick and before we could contemplate getting another one we were finally at the front of the chicken line so we ordered a cup and stood over in the makeshift eating area ...
... there we saw some quail being barbecued, so order a skewer and munched on its still fairly bony body.
Our next stop was Kiyomizudera, a Buddhist temple complex and something that was planned by Amy and Reena, as well as suggested by my host, Kazumi. Our way there was slow, as the roads were narrow and teeming with tourists. When we finally got there I could instantly see why this was pretty much the first suggestion Kazumi gave me when I told him we would be going ...
... before stopping for some lunch consisting of our new favourite, Sushi. The shop we stopped at had the conveyor belt of sushi that constantly twirled in front of you and anything you want, you just grab it, all plates costing 130 yuen. We grabbed a few salmon and tuna pieces, before ordering some other rolls on the menu. It was a delicious lunch and ended up only cost us about $11 dollars total, a steal of a deal! With our bellies full, we started the walk back through ...