Visiting Kyoto - Nov 1 - Nov 2

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On the train to Kyoto, we ate ekiben, tasty food boxes you can buy at the train station.
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While wandering around Kyoto, we found a Suntory Boss coffee dispensing machine. Suntory Boss is the boss of them all since 1992.
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We also found a beautiful bridge and pond.
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Maki, looking wistful
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There were some koi in the pond.
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There was a little shrine near the pond, too.
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We left the little pond.
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We visited Nijo Castle. The castle is surrounded by a moat. This is a photo of one of the castle gates.
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The castle was also surrounded by hedges.
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Here is an awesome spider, hiding in the hedges.
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The castle moat, as we crossed the drawbridge
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the castle entrance
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Entering into the main courtyard, we saw the main castle building. Unfortunately they won't let you take photos inside the building.
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the lovely garden surrounding the main castle building
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more castle
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more garden
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a very quiet place
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the main gate
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some people dressed up in traditional garb
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The next day, we headed to a monestery in Kyoto, nestled up against the mountains.
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The busy streets of historic Kyoto
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on the way to the monestery
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the entrance
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a striking expression
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Inside the monestery, there were multiple rooms, connected by sliding walls.
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the view of the pond from the patio
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some cool wall art
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moving between buildings; We had to take our shoes off at the entrance to the monestery, so they provided wooden paths to walk along.
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more awesome Engrish
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the view of the patio from the shore of the pond
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There was a little path up into the woods from the monestery. We walked up that.
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an awesome bamboo forest behind the monestery
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me looking pensive
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lovely Maki amidst the lovely scenery
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walking up the hill
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the view of Kyoto from the top of the hill
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back down to the shopping lane
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the shopping lane bridge across the river
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We found a path that went up the mountain a little, alongside the river.
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some sort of abandoned restaurant on the path up the mountain
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a restaurant on the other side of the river
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tsusuki
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Maki taking a break
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another restaurant, which was closed during the fall perhaps
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On the way back down the mountain, we were treated to this view of Kyoto.
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A public service annnouncement: please do not set the monkeys' butts on fire. Thank you.
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a persimmon tree
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Then we left Kyoto to meet Maki's aunt and uncle in Gifu. I took this photo on the train. Ah, Engrish.

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