As it is plenty hot and humid during the summer months, the outdoor beer stands are a lifesaver. So many types of snacks to go with your beer, including yakitori, takoyaki, dried squid and okonokiyaki. I’ll touch on these in future posts.
Chion-in Temple features the largest surviving mon (gate) in Japan which was built in 1619 and is a National Treasure. Most other buildings were rebuilt under the orders of Tokugawa Iemitsu after being destroyed by fire in 1633.
I love Japanese food in just about any style. Festival food is especially great because you can just munch all day on little portions here and there and discover amazing stuff.
The images of Kyoto for me are draped in temples and zen gardens, coffee shops and ramen stands and beautiful maiko in their kimono next to the tourist snapping away with their cameras. But I still love a quiet walk in neighborhoods away from crowds and the ordinary chaos of the city.
Ki-Yo is a new friend and a very talented one at that. We met recently in K-Town at the language exchange on Thursday nights at Cafe Bene and you can learn a lot about someone there in a few short hours. The blend of East & West is uniquely experienced in one of his concerts and in this case I was lucky enough to get a ticket for his show at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood.
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