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Japan Kyoto Shopping Street Ramen

11 March 2014

Kyoto is small

This evening I discovered that Kyoto is really quite small, something I suspected after seeing it from the top of a hill this morning.
I also found out that theres really not much to see South of the main station, something I also had read some place.
My hotel room has 0 English tv stations, this may be a first, not even NHK World is available. However there is a channel that shows infomercials for spray on hair thats pretty good, and another that shows a puny looking guy who takes some sort of magic pill to turn into an anorexic sickly looking skeleton in just 2 weeks.
This seems to make his parents happy.
The best channel however has a show where 2 babies are put in a room facing each other and a crowd watches through one way glass. Normally the babies just sit there or cry, which is HILARIOUS.

Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - First I headed south to the main station, which has the rather small Kyoto tower on top of a rather enormous Yodabashi electronics store. Under and ar

First I headed south to the main station, which has the rather small Kyoto tower on top of a rather enormous Yodabashi electronics store. Under and around the station is more shops than you can fathom.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - This is apparently a festival wagon float that geishas are paraded in for sale once a year, according to the signs its being restored. According to me

This is apparently a festival wagon float that geishas are paraded in for sale once a year, according to the signs its being restored. According to me they built a new one out of plantation pine and Nylon rope. None the less, it has its own museum.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - OK conspiracy theorists. This is a triangle with an eye in it on top of a building with some kind of crest on it. Ignore that it says Pachinko, thats

OK conspiracy theorists. This is a triangle with an eye in it on top of a building with some kind of crest on it. Ignore that it says Pachinko, thats just a front for a secret society of men who like to hang out nude and determine the outcome of future natural disasters.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - Right on dusk and I walked over the river to the east of the city. Not one person was on the large bridge with me. Not many people around at all actua

Right on dusk and I walked over the river to the east of the city. Not one person was on the large bridge with me. Not many people around at all actually....


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - I think I have ventured into the non tourist area of town. Nice pipes though. I am going to create a posting on tripadvisor for things to see in Kyoto

I think I have ventured into the non tourist area of town. Nice pipes though. I am going to create a posting on tripadvisor for things to see in Kyoto and call it magical pipe world.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - After about 3 hours of walking and 3 stops at convenience stores to use their bathroom followed by buying a pepsi nex to thank them for their bathroom

After about 3 hours of walking and 3 stops at convenience stores to use their bathroom followed by buying a pepsi nex to thank them for their bathroom facility (This is a feedback loop), I arrived back at civilization. This is Gion, which is the part of the main street east of the river.
Apparently Gion is the old part of town, could have fooled me. Its more boutique stores rather than department stores, but its still very modern.
It does however have the greatest name ever.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - Japanese girls are superior at most things, including birthday party. On a Tuesday night even.

Japanese girls are superior at most things, including birthday party. On a Tuesday night even.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - A couple of the larger department stores.

A couple of the larger department stores.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - This is a side street off Shinjo Dori, they really love their covered walkways. Rain here wouldnt really be a problem. I have no issue holding up traf

This is a side street off Shinjo Dori, they really love their covered walkways. Rain here wouldnt really be a problem.
I have no issue holding up traffic to take stupid photos.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - If you want to molest a cat, heres where you go. I didnt, as its $15 for an hour. Thats about 55 minutes and $14 too much.

If you want to molest a cat, heres where you go. I didnt, as its $15 for an hour. Thats about 55 minutes and $14 too much.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - Super mario is holding a genuine Gibson Flying V. This is just a trading card shop, which has nothing to do with Nintendo or $2500 guitars.

Super mario is holding a genuine Gibson Flying V. This is just a trading card shop, which has nothing to do with Nintendo or $2500 guitars.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - For dinner, the predictable ramen. I decided to be weak and only have Chasu rather than the ultra thick and fattening Tonkotsu. No English but I looke

For dinner, the predictable ramen. I decided to be weak and only have Chasu rather than the ultra thick and fattening Tonkotsu. No English but I looked at pictures and asked which was Chasu or tonkotsu and she pointed them out so I could order the low fat variety.


Japan-Kyoto-Shopping Street-Ramen - My snack this evening, not that I need one, is a bottle of hot milk tea, mildly warm by the time I got it home, and a bowl of sand. I didnt know what

My snack this evening, not that I need one, is a bottle of hot milk tea, mildly warm by the time I got it home, and a bowl of sand.
I didnt know what to expect with the bowl of sand, turns out it was green tea mochi balls hidden in the sand, but the sand is not brown sugar or anything really. Maybe its actual sand! Somewhat flavourless.
It was the most expensive snack in the circle K, thats all I know.


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