Kyoto: first photo walk (part III)

The last part of my walk brought me to Kamogawa (Kamo River), our favourite place in Kyoto. It’s so relaxing there, and lots of people come together to enjoy the weather and each other’s company. Along the river on the west side, you’ll find many cafes and traditional buildings. On the east side, you’ll find … Continue reading

Kyoto: first photo walk (part II)

The next part of my walk brought me to the traditional area in and near Gion, and after that to Yasaka Jinja and the park behind it. From the park, it’s just a short walk to Kiyomizu-dera and the busy streets in front of it. Our guesthouse was located near all these fantastic places, only 10 … Continue reading

Kyoto: first photo walk (part I)

Once we had settled in a little, I decided to go on a photo walk. I had visited Kyoto before, so the usual Kyoto attractions didn’t interest me much this time. With just my camera, my music player and my passport, I wandered through the neighbouring residential area. I love how Japanese try to make that … Continue reading

Kyoto: our first WorkAway days

On Sunday, we moved to a four-person room on the first (or ground, whichever you like) floor. The room had two bunk beds, and we both chose the lower of the bunk beds. That way we ‘owned’ the floor space as well, hehehe. The first night we had the room all to ourselves, yay! On … Continue reading

Kyoto: a missed festival

After I picked up my friend Hanna at the station and she put her stuff in the guesthouse, we were told about a big festival happening that day. As we still had the day off, we decided to go check it out. It was a few kilometers away, and they told us to go by … Continue reading

WorkAway in Kyoto

After a great stay in rural Japan with awesome company, I finally arrived in Kyoto for my WorkAway experience. After paying the fare at the strange ticket window, I could pass the gates and I was free! Okay so, first thing I did was, of course, look for WiFi. The one at the station was … Continue reading

Animals in Mimasaka

Animals always deserve a separate post! 😉 Last time I visited Japan, I saw lots of cats, but I guess this time wasn’t cat season. Here’s a collection of the animals I saw in Mimasaka: the usual crows, but this time wading through the rice fields; a dog, but with a diaper; a crab, not sure … Continue reading

Joining Anisa on an early morning walk

Anisa had a habit of going to bed early and then waking up around the same time the sun came out (which, in Japan, is around the incredibly early hour of 5 am!). She then had breakfast and prepared her lunch, and when all her preparations for the day were finished, she went for an … Continue reading

Mimasaka’s Furumachi

One of the things Anisa had recommended, was going to the old town (Furumachi). I biked there and tried to find the ‘hipster cafe’ she had told me about. I returned home with some nice pictures but without ever finding that cafe. (She took me there some time later though.) Note: this area is nicer … Continue reading