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The temple next to Kyoto Univeristy

dated 04/01/06 6:26:37 PM
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I`m currently staying at my friend Makiko`s pad.  She lives in the Meguro area in Tokyo.  I guess its like living in Brooklyn/Queens & communute to Manhattan to work.  Her neigborhood is quaint and the streets are narrow.  From the JR station, you walk first to the commercial district then then residential areas.  I love the cute small grocery stores. 

It is true that apartments here are SMALL!  Its like the way Manhattanites are living in a box per se.  My apartment seems 3 times bigger.  Wow, now I understand why they have no space here.  She is going to make a tradition Japanese breakfast complete with miso soup and fish.

The dining/tea area at K Hostel
  I guess if I did stay here for 3 days straight, we would probably kill each other for space.  Funny her boyfriend, Hal, who she met while we were on vacation in Morocco, stayed here for a week - he is tall.  Makiko works like a horse.  She is a teacher for elementary school students.  She even has to work on Saturdays.  But she loves teaching.  Her students call her Sensei. 

Last night she took me to a local Korean BBQ restaurant.  YUM YUM!  I even taste cows grilled tongue.  You couldn't really distinguished it as tongue bec it was cut so thinly.  We drank local Japanese beers & cheered, Champai!  The night is still not over, we went to the local booth karaoke place.  Dang, they had more Japanese & Chinese songs rather than English.

The prayer area at Kinkakuji Temple
  They even had a few pages of Filipino songs.  Makiko was shy about singing but I got her a sing song - a popular pop Japanese hit, don't know the name.  But my friend BUSTED a MOVE!  I sang my time tested, 'Like a Prayer' by Madonna.

I`m heading out tomorrow to Kyoto (http://kshouse.jp/kyoto-e/facilities/index.html)  She is going to help me get on the right JR train.  Yes, the language barrier is difficult.  But I must persevere - I`ll think of it as an adventure.  I noticed people don`t lock their bicycles in the street!!!  It doesn`t get stolen.

I got to Kyoto in about 3 1/2 hours.  The Hikari shinkansen is such a modern marvel.  Everybody should at least ride this once in their life.  We past alot of smaller cities and saw alot of agricultural areas.  It took me a while to get my bearings to find the K Hostel.  Yes, it was located in one of those confusing streets.  My bunk bed is awesome and clean!  I'm sharing the place with four other women.  The hostel has it IKEA feeling to it - furniture wise.  Actually, the hostel is just accross the local sento.  Hmnnn.... I gotta check it out since I'm here.  Why not?

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The temple next to Kyoto Univeristy
The temple next to Kyoto Univeristy
The dining/tea area at K Hostel
The dining/tea area at K Hostel
The prayer area at Kinkakuji Temple
The prayer area at Kinkakuji Temple
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kyoto Imperial Palace pond and zen…
Kyoto Imperial Palace pond and ze…
In front of the original Kyoto Imp…
In front of the original Kyoto Im…
Sakura blossoms, the picnic areas …
Sakura blossoms, the picnic areas…
More Sakura
More Sakura
Awesome sweets
Awesome sweets
Downtown Kyoto, the shopping area
Downtown Kyoto, the shopping area
The covered roof alley malls in Ja…
The covered roof alley malls in J…
The vendors in the Hikari shinkans…
The vendors in the Hikari shinkan…
My last bento lunch before I left …
My last bento lunch before I left…
My last lunch in Kyoto
My last lunch in Kyoto
The coolest & heated electronic to…
The coolest & heated electronic t…
Kyoto
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