When I grow up, I want to live in a castle...

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Jan 29, 2010

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Arrived in Kyoto last night by Shinkansen Nozomi (Bullet train - it took half the time to get to Kyoto than to get to Mitake-san, on the outskirts of Tokyo!)

The guesthouse we are staying at is run by some cool hippie Japanese people. When we arrived, we were shown to our traditional Japanese style room with tatami mats and futons and then enjoyed some interesting tuna pasta made with udon noodles and japanese mint - Italian/Japanese fusion is an untapped cuisine!

Had a fairly leisurely morning at the guesthouse this morning, then eventually made our way to the Imperial palace gardens. On the way we saw a large (30 or so) group of hawks/eagles and a Japanese high-school marathon race. The streets were lined with Japanese people waving flags and cheering, and there were helicopters and news vans covering the event!

Then we went to Nijo castle, which was made entirely of wood, but had intricate roofs and gorgeous paintings of animals on the inside. I thought it was probably cooler than the Forbidden City (in Beijing), then immediately felt like a bad Han (Chinese person) :(. But the Forbidden City was covered up a lot for restorations when i went there, so we might go back in March when we`re in China for Dan's wedding.
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Julia on

Cool blog Sophia, looks like you and Ash are having a great time!

And seems like you're finding it okay getting around. Your personal sushi chef sounds v. cool. The food sounds so good, I've got a sudden craving for sushi!

sophiatravels on

We are finding it relatively easy to get around. Japanese people seem to be extraordinarily helpful, even if they don't speak much English.

Hehe - I will miss the awesome Sushi here.


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