Album: East Kyoto (2014)

Kyoto Station. This place was on a whole new level compared to the previous train stations we had been going to. Osaitokoro. On our way to Ginkakuji, we found this place by complete luck. It was next to the bus stop and we needed to eat lunch. There was a little difficulty because they couldn’t speak English and we couldn’t speak Japanese but they were still very friendly and accommodating so in the end we managed to …

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Album: West Kyoto(2014)

Togetsukyo Bridge. Spanning the entire width of the Katsura River, the name apparently translates to “Moon Crossing Bridge”. I bet this would have been gorgeous to see during the autumn season. It’s associated with a number of traditions, both spiritual and romantic. Tenryuji Temple. Our first glimpse of the coming changing colors. It seems like it might be a complete shame that we weren’t able to come during the actual autumn season but it’s only …

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Album: Osaka/Nara (2014)

An extremely late dinner at Mannen Restaurant. Orders: Toroniku ramen (simmered pork cheek/jowl) Pork ramen with soy broth Fried rice with egg on top. I’ve been trying to find the same here but nothing has really matched the quality. It’s a simple dish at first glance but the flavor/texture is completely different. Almond jelly dessert with citrus Dotonbori. Several blocks of seriously amazing street food. We found some seriously affordable kobe beef that was freshly …

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Album: Tagaytay/Taal (2014)

God that lemonade was so damn good. Our view of Taal Volcano as we approach by motor boat. We passed these sulfur rocks on the way up. According to the guide, if we had brought raw eggs, we could have cracked them on the stone and watched them cook from the heat. Trivia of the day: An island inside a lake, inside an island, inside of another lake, inside of an island. In other words: …

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