Friday, August 07, 2009


This crane says "I'm acrophobic."

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Hello Kitty's Amulet

Shin-Kyogoku area was a land of temples in the 16th century, and now is the place for young crowds in Kyoto. In this busy shopping district, the very famous Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine is situated and you can get this Hello Kitty Amulet.

Kitty is holding a Koi fish (= carp). The word "love" is also pronounced KOI in Japanese. Therefore, the amulet is for the success of love!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

End of Rainy Season

The rainy season in Kyoto is officially over, and it's "Kakigori" season!

Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert. If you see this flag in front of restaurants/shops, it means they serve Kakigori. The flag says Kakigori, of course.