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Quietly enjoying my cup of tea…with steam! It’s cold in Kyoto…with sunshine…

Early morning in my little Kyoto Inn  and I am enjoying a nice HOT cup of tea on this last day of the month. I am sitting on the floor on a tatami mat with my feet under the table…which is covered by a blanket which traps the heat generated by the heater installed right under the table top…ahhh….bliss….I have opened the gliding doors and my view falls on copious amounts of bamboo screening off the back wall of the tiny property which according to my hosts dates back to the last century…an old merchant house now converted into a hostel tucked away in a little alley very close to Higashiyama Sanyo Station. Last night sitting at that very same table I had the company of an extra heating device…One of the three resident cats snuggling right in which must have been the equivalent to a dry sauna by then…

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Ideal Husband GOMEZ parked outside the room Japanese style…

This is my very first time in Japan. Needless to say I am baffled. While being mentally prepared for an overload of ‘cute’ and enormous amounts of politeness and cats nothing rivalled the impact of my very first Kyoto impression: the urban brutalism manifested in condensed housing in all shades of tired greys and dismal browns populated with an army of beige trench coats very much favoured by Kyoto women right now…images of Eastern Europe with the charme of the former Soviet Union invaded my struggling self already  challenged by the unusually cold and dampness of  springtime in Kansai province…

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Walking along street in Ichijoji moments before wild weather enhanced our trip…

But this is Japan. You have to enter houses and shops via narrow and low door frames shielded by additional entrance ‘barriers’ of printed/ woven cloth curtains to enter the exquisite world of design and beauty hiding. It’s a treasure hunt of sorts and for me it encapsulates an important part of this contradictory part of our world…creating beauty within confined and strictly organised spaces. The attention to details is magnificent and warms the soggy German – who feels like an oversized panda wearing a backpack when negotiating the absence of space in those little gems of commerce.

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Paper shop in Teramachi Street

And here some morsels of my finds….

There will be more…as I am here for another decent origami of days…to be folded and twisted and displayed in weird and wonderful ways…most likely in the May blog…

But not without a decent cat photo….

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Love at first sight….cat spotted at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine market

A visit to another temple market is on the horizon…and I shall leave you with a link to a Japanese shoe shop…Check out the link Tabi Shoes at SouSou!

sayonara from Kyoto…xx

 

 

 

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