When I grow up, I want to live in a castle...
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
21Trip End Jan 29, 2010
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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.