Kyoto was wonderful, and with just over 1,300 photos in four days, I have lots to show you! But I’ll have to do so a little at a time.
When we first arrived in Kyoto, after a tour of the new and very modern JR (Japan Rail) train station, we stashed our bags in a station locker and went out to explore the city. Our first objective was to find lunch, and Don knew the perfect place: two massive covered-shopping arcades (Don loves covered shopping arcades, and in my two months in Japan, I have certainly learned why), one of which houses hundreds of different food stalls, many with a very particular specialty (fish; tofu; all things pickled; “Kyoto vegetables;” rice crackers, etc.. Apparently when Don took his students here in 2009, one of his first assignments was to send them to these arcades to try a food they’d never eaten before.
I felt more free to be an embarrassing tourist in Kyoto than at home in Kichijoji, so I went crazy with the photos, snapping up all the new- and unusual-to-me sights and foods. Here are a few.