Hello! I am not in my normal South Austin neighborhood -- I am in Japan for a couple of weeks! We are currently in Kyoto, seeing some of the beautiful old temples and shrines, and eating well along the way.
Entering the Heian Jingu shrine.
The manicured gardens at the Ginkakuji shrine, also known as the Silver Pavillion.
Green tea soba noodles.
The window outside the noodle shop, where you could go and point to what you wanted.
Sweets in the department store; the Isetan Department Store has a whole level of just prepared food items. Unfortunately, I don't know what most of them are!
Soba noodles in dashi broth, tempura, pickled veg.
The Rock Garden at Ryoanji Temple.
Ryoanji translates to Temple of the Dragon at Peace.