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Feb 22 2013

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Kyoto – A Night Out

Previous post: Off To Kyoto

Date: 20 December 2012

 

Since we started the day rather earlier, after checking into the hotel, we had a long rest before we decided to go out and look for dinner:

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We passed by well decorated/illuminated street:

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We came across a shopping mall that somehow looked interesting:

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and went in:

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On the top floor there were a few restaurants. We decided on this one because we were attracted to the fish dishes on display. Waiting for the food:

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Bonding?

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Here came the dinner of grilled fish and squids:

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With rice, and the usual accompaniments (miso soup, dessert):DSC03615

 

And the bill:

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Tummies full, we wondered around:

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Kyoto Tower at night:

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Gigantic christmas tree inside the Kyoto Station complex:

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Some light and sound display on the huge staircase. On the far right (hardly in the picture) is the open escalator which is just as high as the staircase!

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Some of us sat on the staircase, and became part of the display, hahaha!!!

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While some tried to capture the dispaly from down below, near the X-mas tree:

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We could even see part of the Kyoto Tower from where we sat (inside the station complex):

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Feb 22 2013

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Off To Kyoto

Previous post: Back To Tokyo

Date: 20 December 2012

 

We left our little Tokyo hotel, and found ourselves back in Ueno Station, looking for our bullet train platform:

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Waiting at the platform:

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Here came ours:

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It’s always a good idea to check the necessities, printed on the foldable table:

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Some country view:

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As usual, DH was engrossed in recording the speed of the train:

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While the kids recharged their energy (I bet they stayed up late the night before):

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DH’s bento lunch:

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We got a glimse of Fuji-san too :) :

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My humble “lunch” (because I dislike Japanese food) . Actually I had some cookies and kit-kat too (I know, they surely blew my calori intake!)

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Aina, enjoying hers:

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I tell you, bullet train rides are much more comfy than flying!

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We finally arrived at our destination (slightly less than 3 hours later):

 

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I was once here in the scorching summer of 2004. This time it’s freezing, but that didn’t stop me from posing:

 

 

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The grand Kyoto Station:

 

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And Mae had a pose with the Kyoto Tower in the background (quite difficult to get the whole tower in it):

 

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Our hotel was nearby. We checked in, and checked the view of from our hotel. Oh, it’s the Kyoto station (on the left)!

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Feb 22 2013

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Back to Tokyo (From Kawaguchiko)

Previous post: Kawaguchiko & Fuji-san

Date: 19 December 2012

After a brief walkabout in Kawaguchiko, we started our journey back to Tokyo. It was quite exhaustive:

 

We managed to beat the rush hour:

 

Aina wanted to visit the “Korea Town”, so here we are:

 

First, we came across a Halal outlet!!

 

There were actually a few other halal outlets on the same street!!

 

We walked on…

 

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And finally found one of the shops that we wanted:

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We went into a few other similar shops, and later went back to out hotel with a very much happier Aina ;)

 

 

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