I like Kyoto

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The sakura aren’t quite in full bloom, but many trees in Kyoto are already covered with flowers. This against the remaining Edo architecture can make the simple turning of a street corner feel like a leap back in time to the world depicted by movies and history books. But then you see the vending machines not far away and feel thankful for the conveniences of modern times, like heated toilet seats. Truth be told, that is what I’ll miss most about Japan.

It is grey and rainy and windy today, and I am sick :( I got over the sore throat is had in Melbourne only to let the chill get me at the shinkansen station. I’ve had three freakin HOT Japanese baths since getting here and it’s only helped a little. Hot tea and buns for me tonight.

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We’ve eaten many lovely things in Kyoto. Yesterday, we bought fishcakes on a stick from a vendor in Arashiyama, while on our way to the monkey park and bamboo forest. Then we went to a little place called Daikichi, recommended by Lonely Planet, for yakitori.

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This is chicken stomach and chicken heart yakitori. So tasty, best texture.

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Many other tasty things. Soup with tofu, grilled rice, chicken and cheese, teriyaki donburi. So good. I love Japanese cheese.

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A can of Slat, of course. Aloe sake mixer, I imagine. Tastes like icecream soda.

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Niaal’s can of Dragonball. Read the review on his blog.