Kyoto at Leisure
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The Japanese breakfast served each morning at the ryokan was an immediate hit. It included miso soup, varieties of fish, rice, and a seaweed wafer. (I was really acquiring a taste for the the seaweed wafers [Nori].) Breakfast also had Western influences, including an omelet and a grapefruit half.
The group decided to venture to a monthly temple flea market. We rode a city bus to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine where the flea market was in progress. Vendors had stalls of food, clothing, china, dolls, toys, swords and knives, and various other items. There was even a railfan stall with train photos and other railway memorabilia. I purchased some wooden hashi (chopsticks), rice bowls, a Japanese doll, and train photos.
A taxi back to the ryokan was ¥1600. I had hoped to see the Temple of the Silver Pavilion and walk the Philospher's Path, but that will have to wait for the next visit. I exchanged travelers checks at a bank and found travelers checks to be very difficult to use now. Credit cards and cash from ATMs were much more practical. (The Post Office, or Postal Savings, ATMs were the most convenient and had the option to speak in English.)
Walked the “electronics street” and the wholesale food market street (an enclosed arcade). I walked though a popular five story electronic gaming arcade, the Wonder Tower. Dinner at a Ramen restaurant in the shopping arcade (pork with ramen, with a side of pot stickers [Gyoza]). More shopping at the ¥100 Shop (everything is 100 Yen or under, akin to a dollar store at home), several curio shops, and the candy store. Kyoto is a candy making center and I watched as cinnamon candy wafers were made in one shop.