Our hotel was a 2 minute walk away from Shijo station and my goodness, I really recommend Karasuma Kyoto Hotel! Compared to the Blue Wave Inn in Asukasa which was teeny tiny, the lobby was grand and luxurious and the room massive, not to mention a really decent view! There was a Starbucks in the complex too which was awesome for chilling with sore feet from shopping. I was really sad to leave that hotel, it was cheap, comfortable and in a great location- just a few hundred meters away from the shopping streets!
|Our room at Blue Wave was less than half this size!|
|Cities and mountains|
|Repost- Japanese method of applying blush.|
|The tiny bathrooms are pretty standard. They don't bother me at all.|
|My OOTD- new coat from Japanese brand Egoist for $80. It's so warm and fuzzy! I'm wearing thigh high heat tech socks from Uniqlo, I'm amazed that they actually work- my legs have not been cold at all despite temperatures of ~5 degrees!|
There are many shrines and temples in Kyoto, some of which were directly in the shopping mall. At first I found the contrast strange, but when you go inside the shrine, all the hustle and noise somehow stops and it feels peaceful and calm. It was a nice break from overpriced stores and overplayed Christmas carols.
|Washing for good luck. Make sure you do it in the correct order!|
We guessed that the 'restaurant' was actually a bar for rowdy businessmen/guys trying to get into some panties. It was super loud and I honestly don't think anyone was there for the food which was all sorts of random! It was also one of the most expensive meals we had -__- but it was quite the experience! I think it was called Uotami Karasuma.
|I ordered raw horse meat out of curiosity. It was really chewy... Actually all our food was chewy! I did not like it one bit.|
|My kimchi stew which was expensive and average. It's quite photogenic though!|
|Dessert. Cornflakes seem to feature in a lot of Japanese desserts.|
The next day we went to the markets at the To-ji temple. We got lost (as usual) along the way and it was cold and rainy and I was quite the grumpy old lady :P.
|My FOTD- tried out orange blush under the eyes. I like pink much better.|
|My tendency to request a photo with every random object on holiday. This was a rather average green tea scone lol.|
|The best takoyaki (octopus ball) I have ever tasted! It was so creamy and tastes nothing like the ones in Perth! Oh Japan <3.|
|Red bean pancake.|
|The pancake vendor helped take a photo of us. All of them were blurry, but he was so sweet so here's one for memory's sake.|
|Our failed Purika :P. We had to enter our names in characters at the start, of course Yanto got his in time, but I mistook the character for Ki as Sa and then didn't get time to finish writing 'Kine'. So it says at the top 'Yanto & Sa'. *facepalm*|
|Lunch set, the closest tray was mine and it cost less than $8!|
|My garden objects from the 100 Yen shop to decorate my dresser. Aren't they adorable!|