A Honeymoon in Asia - Kyoto - Day 4

Our last day in Japan (besides going to the airport in the morning).

we stayed at Kinoe Ryokan, it was $350 for the one night (prob because it was a week after cherry blossom season) and we did it cuz we should stay somewhere nice at least once.  It was a great location but like all hotels I feel like it doesn't matter that much because you just sleep there and leave.  When we first came they even cleaned our luggage wheels.

no thank you

they love egg salad in Japan and so do I.

and they love hot dogs and making monstrosities like this.

took the 45 min bus ride to Kinkakuji, the golden pavillion.  Ryoanji is walking distance from here but I gotta tell you honestly, it's such a time suck that if you're strapped for time I don't know if I would recommend going to this tourist heavy spot just to see this golden pavillion.  There isn't much else on the property.

i'm guessing chinglish.  Please wait for me here.  Feels Good.  Room for What

I love Ryoanji's zen garden.  

fire buckets

never saw this part before with these crazy trimmed trees.

the Yoshino cherry trees are gone now but these kind of tall weeping cherries were out in force.

either this is a sign of the breakdown of Japanese society or kids really like practicing their Kanji tables.

Japanese design is great, even this political poster.

Kitsune Udon at Tsurutontan in Soemoncho, Osaka

tororo, tempura, and curry set udon

the crush of humanity at the entrance of Shinsai Bashin shopping arcade.

Akira and Masako's parents took us out for Kushiage dinner at a place around the corner from their house.

we drank at their house and waited for Akira and Masami to finish their jazz work.  Their dad buys the huge whiskey and pours it into the more manageable bottle.  Once again Japanese people are too nice.  Everyone gave us presents.  Thanks again for everything Matsumura San tachi.

A Honeymoon in Asia - Kyoto - Night 2

step one was trying these 2 new beers I bought.  Then we went to the Kaiseki place that actually had availability right now.  We went to Kitamura and the food was....OK.  For the price you pay I don't know if I could justify it.  

Kaiseki is a multi course traditional Kyoto meal.

mentaiko mochi thing.

unagi box

that poor young girl probably suffers so many indignities that she wouldn't (as much) in an American workplace.  First she's young so she will get treated as lesser by those two older ladies, and second she's a woman so she's stymied by her employer even more.  And 3rd the customers probably treat her lesser, this being Japan, a male dominated work culture.  And 4thly, she has to deal with foreigners, like the 2 blonde American girls, who said they can't eat anything with gluten, like soy sauce, or meat.  What did these girls think they were gonna eat!!??

Kyle recommended this bar on the third floor that you would never just stumble upon and it turns out to be the coolest bar i've been to in Kyoto.  It's owned and run by Kyoto photographer Kai Fusayoshi, who you can see on the left.  He's a super friendly guy and so was his bar tender girl who all talked to us and included everyone in the bar in the convo and it was just a super friendly place.  It's called Hachimonjiya 

peeps bottles of sake that they keep at the bar

a ton of his photo books

the Kiyamachi canal area is so cool.

in the entranceway of the Ryokan.  We had to run back to the ryokan before midnight because they said that's when their curfew is.  I didn't want to do that but Jen said we should.  My American mind thought it was unacceptable that we could pay $350 for one night and we had a curfew like we were mother lovin' teenagers again.