Album: Japan (2015)

I think it’s becoming a tradition that my first meal whenever getting into Japan is a bowl of ramen. Even though we were weeks late to the actual blooming, we were able to make it to some beautiful cherry blossoms! A quick visit to Nara’s Kozen-in where we met the most chill deer I’ve ever seen. We took a bus from Osaka to Tokyo which took us through some mountain/rural roads. Lake Ashi.  The start …

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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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