Kyoto in Winter

Riding a bike throughout the city yesterday meant access was granted to a wider swath than the downtown area and Gion that I know pretty well.  So it was a temple compound far from the ones on the hill and then later an old, private garden designed in the 1890s.

Also: A thick broth with udon and grated ginger.  For $8.50!  So delicious and served in a lovely setting.

A visit to a spice shop where the owner grinds spices by hand and creates a range.  For $17, I had two spices and two, little wooden dispensers.

In the evening, it was yakitori at a joint playing spools of Beatles music, from the band’s beginning to its break-up, and after that a return to a hidden Irish bar in Gion.

Snow is expected east of here tomorrow, but by that time I should be safe in Tokyo, which is where I’m headed around noon today.


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