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"Katarina called me eagerly on a Friday afternoon “John, let’s go and see the Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto” I said sure and a few hours later we were on a plane; thus one of the great perks of living in Hong Kong".  - Chef Two Sail

Me and my gorgeous new friends

Me and my gorgeous new friends

Kyoto downtown

Kyoto downtown

Roan Kikunoi

Roan Kikunoi

Market

Market

Noodle bar

Noodle bar

Me, Katarina and Kaimi, Sake Bar Kyoto

Me, Katarina and Kaimi, Sake Bar Kyoto

Part of nine course lunch with Sake

Part of nine course lunch with Sake

Rice with grilled Tai

Rice with grilled Tai

Pickled fish

Pickled fish

Udon Noodles

Udon Noodles

Abalone and Whelks

Abalone and Whelks

Tofu

Tofu

Kyoto Market

Kyoto Market

Traditional Village Kyoto

Traditional Village Kyoto

Clams

Clams

Three Star master chef Roan Kikunoi

Three Star master chef Roan Kikunoi

Tofu on a stick

Tofu on a stick

Octopus stick

Octopus stick

Kaimi at market

Kaimi at market

Pickles

Pickles

Sushi Master

Sushi Master

Sushi rolls

Sushi rolls

Kobe Beef

Kobe Beef

Best tasting steak ever

Best tasting steak ever

Kobe and Wagyu at Supermarket

Kobe and Wagyu at Supermarket

Sampling preserved fish

Sampling preserved fish

Kyoto Rice

Kyoto Rice

Supermarket Sushi

Supermarket Sushi

Steamed Dumplings

Steamed Dumplings

Salmon Sushi

Salmon Sushi

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Tempura

Tempura

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Gion Street Gesiha's

Gion Street Gesiha's

Geisha

Geisha

Kiyomizu-dera Temple locals

Kiyomizu-dera Temple locals

Its like being on a Japanese movie set

Its like being on a Japanese movie set

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

My future Geisha girlfriend

My future Geisha girlfriend

Friendly locals  at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Friendly locals at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Temple drinking fountain

Temple drinking fountain

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Udon Noodles

Udon Noodles

Sake tasting

Sake tasting

Ponto-Cho Street

Ponto-Cho Street

Sreamed Dumplings

Sreamed Dumplings

Japanese Whiskey

Japanese Whiskey

Ponto-Cho Street

Ponto-Cho Street

Nightclub

Nightclub

Kyoto Old Town

Kyoto Old Town

Sushi and Sake bar

Sushi and Sake bar

Sake tasting

Sake tasting

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

New besties

New besties

The Higashiyama District

The Higashiyama District

Fish Market

Fish Market

Shijo Ohashi bridge

Shijo Ohashi bridge

Japanese knife shop

Japanese knife shop

Kinkaku-Ji Temple

Kinkaku-Ji Temple

The Kyoto Imperial Palace where Japan ruled from for 1000 year's

The Kyoto Imperial Palace where Japan ruled from for 1000 year's

Prized delicacies

Prized delicacies

Kyoto City Hall

Kyoto City Hall

Kyoto Okura Hotel where we stayed

Kyoto Okura Hotel where we stayed

Kyoto Nishiki Market

Kyoto Nishiki Market

Geisha District

Geisha District

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