Kyoto: No Season Like Winter Season

Arriving in a Dr. Zhivago-like snow, through various stations, below mountains and beside forests, we reached Kyoto mid-day.  The city was lovely in the white although crowds showed dismay.  Not a place where cold is welcome, which is surprising given the powerfully hot summers that drain energy.

A lovely meal of unagi at a hole-in-the-wall and wallets lighter by a total of $30, we strolled a department store food hall and returned with ground sansho, Ippodo tea, and grilled chicken wings.

That evening we wound up at a remote mom-and-pop chicken joint and enjoyed delicious bird and cold beer on a tatami mat.  Later that same night it was an ex-pat bar–Irish Pub–in Gion.

It’s a city easy to navigate and wonderful for walking in.


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