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Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion February 15th 2010

It was time for us to move on again. It is very tiring to constantly being on the move, never staying in the same hotel for more than 4 nights at most. On the other hand it does break up the time wonderfully - it makes it pass very quickly. We are never any where long enough to get bored. The plan, as of last night, was that HB and I would stay at the hotel in the morning, giving her some much needed downtime. But as I said yesterday, plans change and I am always the last to know. So why should today be any different. We all left the hotel at 10am, ready for another action packed day. Today we were off to the Golden Palace. Not much to say about it, except it ... read more
Hot Tea
Bamboo forests

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion February 14th 2010

Plans change a lot, and I am always the last one to know what is going on. Today was meant to be a short and quiet is day. Was it really like that, like heck it was. We were out all day, not that that is a problem, but I would like to know the plans of the day so I can mentally prepare myself for the task ahead. In other words I like to have a battle plan. Today’s programme was a mixed one. It started out with a walk to the local food market -oh goodie. HB was not happy about going to another market; I think she had been traumatised by the fish market in Vietnam. Well she needn’t have been worried; I don’t think that I have seen a market that was ... read more
Mmm fish
No idea
Cooking demonstrations

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion February 13th 2010

Today we are leaving the neon lights of modern Tokyo behind and heading into the modern yet quaint area of Kyoto. I was very excited about this for 2 reasons: 1)I have always wanted to go here. It was number 3 in my top 10 place to visit, right after Mongolia and Antarctica. 2)This is the home of the traditional Geishas! I have always had a fascination with the world of Geishas ever since reading Memoires of a Geisha (which as a side note is MUCH better than the film). To get to Kyoto we went by the ultra sleek bullet train that can get up to very fast speeds. The first class section of this train was better than most airlines (every time the stewards came in or left they bowed!), we got hot towels, ... read more
How ultra cool are they?
a portal for individuals
A statue with a bib

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion November 24th 2009

Gieshas, hello kitty, soft serve green tea ice cream Where can you find all these wonderful things KYOTO!! So even after my crazy bicycle journey yesterday there was still so much of Kyoto to see! It is such a contrast to Tokyo really beautiful with old style buildings being more common than not and more temples and shrines than you can shake a stick at, pretty much one of every corner! Having somewhat figured out the areas surrounding my hostel I concluded the next journey took would be via city buses!! First on my agenda was the world renowned Golden Pavillion, buses in this town are so easy so within 40 minutes I was there. And is was an absolutely stunning sight. A temple made of gold surrounded by Japanese gardens and ponds! Just breath taking ... read more

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion October 22nd 2009

We are nearing the end of the Japan adventure but don't fear, there are many pictures to close with a bang! We stayed in a little Hostel/Guest House place called Bola Bola. It was quaint and beautiful. It was also about 40 min. from the main district of Kyoto or Gion. It was a tiny little out of the way place, yet everywhere we mentioned it, everyone knew exactly where you were talking about. Our food wasn't nearly so elegant as it was back in Shamoda, but still very tasty all the same. While in Gion and surronding areas, we visited Shines, Palaces, Markets, lots of shopping (not a lot of buying - very very expensive) and we even took part in a Traditional Tea ceremony. And to steal a quote from another blog I read, ... read more
Mom and Me
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Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion October 20th 2009

Destination: Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture (Distance from Tokyo: 470km, approximately 294 miles) Map → http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/kyoto/index.html Date: November, 2009 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tokyo is the capital of Japan,,, yes it’s true. But it started only 142 years ago, even though the history of this country counts over 2000 years. Do you know where the nation’s capital was before Tokyo? It was Kyoto. Thick text books of Japanese history (I had to use for in my school days, yuck) say Kyoto was established as the capital by an old Japanese government in 794 (before Kyoto was Nara from the ancient time) and the function had lasted for more than millennium. That’s why there are tons of historic places existing in Kyoto. In 1869, a new modernized government of post-samur... read more
Tenryu Temple
Kawamichi-ya. Famous noodle restaurant.
With the chief chef of Takuma, Kyoto cuisine restaurant.

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion May 29th 2009

Wow, we just got to spend the entire day with my friend Yayoi and at one of my favorite places in the world, the Temple of the Golden Pavillion. Yayoi got here by 8a.m. and we went to breakfast nearby. Yayoi knows that I love to eat and we always laugh about our visits and how they are about eating. She had checked for a restaurant that would serve a Japanese breakfast so she knew just where to take us. We had grilled salmon, miso soup an egg and some veges. With a full stomach we were able to get on with the business at hand, getting to the Golden Pavillion. Rain was forecast but the skies were full of puffy clouds and sun, a perfect day for Kyoto. We saw the Golden Pavillion and walked ... read more

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion May 7th 2009

3rd day back in Kyoto and we were despretly waiting for the safe return of our Aussie passport from the british emassy and late this afternoon we got the news we were waiting for.... (Passport is ready for collection) Still wont know untill tomorrow if we have been approved or not, but hey at least we can leave Japan!!!! Meet up With Josh K, Leeann and Rob had great luch and a nice chat before we left to go back to Tokyo (Man i suck at bloging) ... read more

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion March 16th 2009

March 16 I woke early in the morning ready to hit the ground running. I still hadn't decided what to do about staying in Kyoto for another day or heading back to Osaka. The hostel serves a 500 yen breakfast (about $5: tart yogurt with pistachios and dried cranberry, two homemade organic rolls, one wheat and one green tea, with butter and honey, and one egg scrambled with chopped ham and parsley) so while I ate I read a Frommer's Guide to Japan. After just a few minutes of reading I knew I had to stay in Kyoto for another day. I let the manager know I'd be staying one more night, put my things upstairs next to my mat, reorganized my backpack for a day of sightseeing and walking, and headed out. I walked to ... read more
Chopstick Store
A Rice Food, I think
Fushimiinaritaisya Shrine

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion March 15th 2009

For those of you who don't know, I made the very difficult decision to quit the teaching job I love and accept a position as a career counselor, a contracting job with the Army. The U.S. economy is having a worldwide affect, and Korea's economy took a sharp downturn about 5 months ago. The Korean dollar is worth about 30% less than when I arrived. Therefore, I needed to earn U.S. dollars. Sounds easy enough but visa laws are pretty strict. I've been jumping through hoops for a week, and one of the thing I needed to do was leave the country. Dan and I went to Tokyo last May and I vowed I would see more of Japan. So here I am. March 15 I arrived at Kansai International Airport after a 90 minute flight. ... read more
Fruit Tree
My First Kyoto Picture
Strolling Through the Marshy Water




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