i just realized that day 15 of our last trip japan was the SAME day we went to grill miyata for dinner last time too...how perfect! IT WAS JUST AS GOOD THIS TIME AS LAST TIME. read more about it later on in the blog post ;)
and i forgot to show you where we are in the country now! here is where kyoto is located:
we used our adorable teapot in the townhouse this morning! yummy green tea :)
today was super hot. like...wanna die hot haha...but off we went to kiomizudera! it's a water temple, and it's up on a mountain! we walked over from our townhouse and up the mountain we went!
a guy was drawing and i thought that was really neat. i would love to sit here and draw! but, we are limited on time in japan...
beautiful lotus flowers
and lots of garden below
in the main part of the temple
and here is the famous view! when you google kiyomizudera, you will get about 80 variations of this photo haha...that's the city of kyoto below
gorgeous view up there!
when walking back down the mountain, you can hear a bajillion cicadas...and here is one of them!
we also saw a skink!
he ate a worm! this was right after he ate it haha
this is a waterfall that is separated into 3 separate streams. each stream's water is supposed to have a different benefit, so you drink from the cup of the water that you want to benefit from.
like i said, it was super hot today, so we used this excuse to get some ice cream on the way back down the mountain ;) i got green tea/vanilla mix, and erik got yuzu, which is citrus-y
closer to our townhouse, we saw another close cicada! i was able to get really close to this one...
for lunch, erik made us this really really delicious beef! we just bought some from the grocery store, and used our townhouse's kitchen!
here are my ojiisan chopsticks that i bought! hahaha i love them so much
we took a break in the afternoon since it was so hot, but a few hours later it was time to head out again. we were going to walk through shirakawa-minami dori (the "prettiest street in kyoto") before going to grill miyata. it was very close to it, so it was perfect. but first, we saw this!
GORGEOUS! the sun was setting, and the mountains in the distance looked like a painting. unreal!
soon we arrived at the prettiest street, and it really was pretty!
no power lines or anything on this street, so i think that adds to why it's so pretty
heading back over towards grill miyata, i snapped a few more interesting shots
and here we are! in the basement of the building, is grill miyata.
here are the starters we got (we also got salad, but i forgot to take a picture! haha). this was salmon
delicious corn soup...
oh and of course my sho-chu drink haha
and finally...erik's (and my) favorite part...THE KOBE BEEF!
SO. SO. SO. SO. SOOOOO GOOD. i cannot stress this enough hahaha...seriously. if you are ever in kyoto, GO.
and an orange afterwards. actually, this was a mix of an orange and a tangerine. yummy!
oh and coffee!
we sat and chatted with mr. miyata from 6:45pm - 10:30pm and it was amazing. he speaks amazing english, and he had so much to share. it was fascinating listening to him! we had SUCH a fun time. and he cooks the steaks himself! really so perfect. what a wonderful evening with mr. miyata that we will never forget.