I’m very tired – I’ve just come back from a big tour through Kyoto with two friends of mine from Germany that altogether took about 11 hours… We spent the morning in the area around Ginkakuji, the Silver Pavillion, one of the top 5 sights in Kyoto. Then we had an amazing lunch at a ryokan close to my place, a seven course traditional kaiseki menu, which is essentially haute cuisine from Japan. Afterwards we took the train down to Fushimi Inari Taisha, the main shrine for the god of wealth and business, the one that has thousands of orange torii gates lining the paths up and down a mountain. Finally, I helped a friend buy green tea, and then we had sushi for dinner.

You see, I was very busy today, but we had a lot of fun too. I am especially pleased about lunch, it was my first kaiseki since I came here last year, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was delicious. Anyway, I am dead tired now and I have to see another friend of mine tomorrow morning… Hence, I will not look for a photo anymore, but go straight to bed now.sleeping cat at Toshogu Shrine