Eek I forgot to blog about our 10th day in Japan! BACK TRACK IT UP!
On this slightly overcast day, we JR train trekked’ it over to the beautiful traditional sites of Kyoto! Robyn and I took in the breathtaking views at Kiyomizu-dera, one of Japan’s most famous temples. I’ve visited this site on my 2007 trip and it was my favorite! Here we drank therapeutic water, looked at charms, and touched various god statues hoping our wishes and prayers would be answered. We walked around the souvenir-shop filled streets of Higashiyama district and ate street eats a plenty! At night we headed back to Osaka to enjoy the thriving nightlife in Dotonburi. I came across the best 200yen UFO catcher where I came home with a new alpaca friend
September 20, 2011 – Day 10 in Kyoto
Elevator Outfit Shot! I’m wearing all of my new purchases from Japan! Kitty sundae Galaaxy shirt with these pretty paisley bow leggings from a pricey brand in Shibuya109, lace ruffled shorts, my new tan boots from asbee, and Liz Lisa bowler hat.
Well first we grabbed a quick snack at Manneken Waffle. Man was I glad there was a location at JR Osaka train station! But to those who want to try this, it is only good if fresh and hot from the oven! I mean its still good, but its not AWWW DAMNNNN MIND EXPLOSION good.
On the train the girls already fell asleep. I swear the gentle rocking of the trains just lulls you to sleep. We somehow gained a sense of when our stop was approaching as we returned back to consciousness.
At historical sites, I like to pop into frame. Sometimes it seems like I was photoshopped into the shot. I just like popping into random unexpected areas! So here we go..a series of “Stephiee popping into frame!” (Tribute to my former lover, Andy Samberg
Time to explore the Higashiyama district for traditional souvenirs and best of all…the FOOD!
Iced green tea with pumpkin & green tea ice cream…YES PLEASE! The green tea here is so amazingly refreshing. Thank goodness for traveling in the fall so I can eat all enjoy the seasonal pumpkin flavors!
This is the stuff of pure everlasting unicorn dreams!
These streets be crowded. But its amazing who you can run into! We conversed with a cute guy we had come across a few days prior when visiting Asakusa back in Tokyo. What a small world for us to find ourselves running into each other in a different region of Japan! Well, spotting the tall hot white guy wasn’t too hard. Turns out the typhoon we swiftly escaped had impacted his trip as he was stuck on the shinkansen (bullet train) for 12 hours! Yikes! We didn’t take a photo with him…Why…
Okay so on my 2008 trip, my tour guide Ben promised us of delicious tofu donuts that were a “must-have” when we came to Kyoto. Well during that trip, he told us to come back later to get the donuts since we had to visit Kiyomizu-dera first. We did as was told, but when we returned, the shop was CLOSED. Forever regrets! Nearly 4 years later, I finally got to try these tofu donuts…and WOWOWOWOWOWOW!
On our way home, I discovered this amazing UFO catcher. For 200yen, you simply had to knock the Hello Kitty pillow in to win a prize. After 2 tries, I won a giant pink alpaca friend! I was sooooo stoked and was determined to come home with an alpaca army! However, Robyn & My had to convince me it would be nearly impossible to pack an entire army of giant plushes with my already huge cargo load of goodies to bring home…I vowed to return to win the other cute Hello Kitty pillow prizes!