flowers and sashimi

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I am thinking about the sashimi bowl I had at Tsukiji Market (Tokyo) as I type. Yes, me, who touched no sashimi and wasabi (unless wasabi-flavoured chips count) before that trip to Japan in the earlier part of this year.

These are taken while I was already in the snaking queue for sashimi. I was far more interested in the potted flowers by the wall than sashimi then.

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Fushimi Inari Taisha on film

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Apart from the Sagano bamboo forest in Arashiyama, the other place that I’d insisted on visiting is the Fushimi Inari shrine, with its handsome orange pillars. The shrine is free to enter and situated just outside a subway station – what more can you ask for, really?

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Arashiyama on film: Bamboo Groves

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Arashiyama, “storm mountain”, is one of the most beautiful places I visited on this trip. It helps that the Sagano bamboo forest in this part of Japan (west of Kyoto) is so incredibly beautiful. I know I used ‘beautiful’ 3 times in this paragraph, but I’d stood mesmerized within the bamboo groves and couldn’t stop going, wow.

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Kyoto on film: Kiyomizudera II

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Kiyomizuera is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, and one of the most famous landmarks in the city. The large wooden veranda that juts out of the main building and into the trees is very popular among visitors as it offers a scenic view of Kyoto.

Another main attraction is the Otowa waterfall. It is said that your wish will come true if you make a wish while drinking from one of its 3 streams of water. In my haste to carry out the procedure of drinking from a metal cup attached to a long pole, I forgot my wish so I guess I wouldn’t know if the legend is true.

Focus gone wrong – I didn’t mean to focus on the twig!

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Kyoto on film: Kiyomizudera’s exterior

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I remember this day to be cold and wet. We were huddled outside a convenience shop eating rice balls. It’s the first time we ate those, and we found ourselves trying to separate plastic sheet from seaweed without touching the rice ball. We giggled over our clumsiness; I’d felt a shard of self-consciousness but continued peeling at the wrapper anyway… and then I did it! The plastic wrapper slid off, with the seaweed still intact. Nevermind I looked the part of a novice, and nevermind that my seaweed was slightly torn in places.

We were so hungry we forgot to take pictures of our take-away lunch for our personal food diary.

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The rain ceased as we were finishing our lunch, so we began on our journey to the Kiyomizu temple. Throughout the walk, the drizzle came in short intervals. Umbrellas opened and closed, but everyone’s moods appeared to be light. Including ours.

The sky was crowded with grey clouds, but the gloomy weather did not interfere with the aesthetics of this place! At least not to me 🙂

 

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Kyoto on film: Kiyomizu-gojo

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The rows of houses and paths in this part of Kyoto are parallel to one another and consistent in design. Is it not too much of an excuse then to say that we got lost multiple times while finding our way back?

Us, proud navigators.
I am a little embarrassed already.

Our 14-bed dorm turned out to be a nice surprise. We had unwittingly made a booking with this guesthouse, thinking that we had reserved a 2-persons room. But it ended up better than expected, with  a nice bed, bathroom, and breakfast prepared by the lady of the house.

We arrived in Kyoto on the chilliest day of our trip.

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