|Kenzo Sato - A guide who gets it! (Kyoto, Japan)|
|The Shinkansen Bullet Train at Osaka Station|
|A small Buddhist Temple for the neighborhood|
This is where Kenzo Sato “got me” for the first time! Off the path there is a small bamboo forest which was beautiful and peaceful. As we walked the trees started to sway in the wind and you could hear the stems bump against each other. But as we walked back the wind was very strong and the sounds of the leaves and the thumping of the bamboo stems was just enchanting! Awesome.
And you were going to find this little gem on your own? Probably not! (OK, now that I have posted this article, if you find it, you kind of know where it is...and now how long roaming the grounds will be spent trying to set foot in this forest?)
It was then time for another subway ride and we reappeared at the Kamagawa (Duck River) that cuts through Kyoto, then down some streets near where Kenzo lives and to one of the simplest but most wonderful meals I have ever had. (I just wish I had someone to share it with!).
|Restaurant Kamagawa Takashi|
Miso Soup With a Beef Fat Broth was next (indescribably wonderful)…and, as I was told, miso soup is best served at the end of the meal to settle one’s stomach
After lunch we took a walk to a local green tea shop; and this was not just some ordinary tea shop. Here I had a brief lesson (in Japanese, of course, with translation) from a tea master who explained a lot about green tea like you don’t use hot water, but warm water and you don’t let the tea steep, but you pour it rather quickly, and you don’t just use the tea once, but high quality tea brewed in very small amounts can be used for up to eight times. When I get home I am throwing out my supposed green tea! (And I am not saying where this gem is located! Ask me or Kenzo!)
|Nishiki Market, Kyoto, Japan|
|Tofu Donuts with Caramel. I'm giving up real donuts for these!|
|Those ubiquitous dried fish flakes |
are made from a machine like this
|Geisha, Gion, Kyoto, Japan|
And what a last day!
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