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In hotel rooms you often get a Gideon Bible. Here in the Marriott, you get four different books: A New Testament, a Book of Mormon, The Teaching of Buddha and of course The Spirit To Serve all about how J.W. Marriott Jnr runs his hotel chain!

Religious Books
Religious Books

From Tokyo to Kyoto

Left Tokyo today on my way to Kyoto. At the station, I picked up these very tasty cakes made out of sweet potato. In Japan they have purple sweet potatoes, hence the colour.

Sweet Potato Cake -) Sweet Potato Cake -)
Sweet Potato Cake -)

Mount Fugi soon loomed, and I took plenty of pictures from the train, mostly over rather grotty looking industrial buildings and car parks. Here's just one, without so much industry!

Mount Fugi from Train
Mount Fugi from Train

I liked this sign, for "Madras" Italian shoes, in Japan. Kind of cross cultural don't you think?

Indian, Italian, Japanese crossover
Indian, Italian, Japanese crossover

Emerging from a tunnel, we found ourselves in a snow covered landscape. The weather is very different here from Tokyo!

Snowy Landscape Snowy Landscape
Snowy Landscape

Kyoto

Kyoto is the old capital of Japan (and incidentally an anagram of Tokyo). Famed for its style, its old town, and it's traditional cuisine, we stopped to eat at a small Italian Cafe, Amici, in the station. The Insalata di Funghi and Frutti di mare marinnati were pretty close to the Italian. On the other hand, the Rice Pizza wasn't something I'd encountered before.

Frutti di mare marinati - Japanese Style
Frutti di mare marinati - Japanese Style

Insalata di funghi - Japanese Style
Insalata di funghi - Japanese Style

Pizza - Japanese Style
Pizza - Japanese Style

Our next stop was the cashpoint, fronted here by a cute cartoon squirrel. Note the unusual keyboard layout too.

Cashpoint - Japanese Style
Cashpoint - Japanese Style

Another elephant, spotted on our long bus ride to an out of town Ryokan.

An elephant
An elephant

The buses here have a handy "fare board" which shows you how much you have to pay. When you get on, you take a ticket, showing the current stop. When you get off, you check what you owe on the board and pay the driver, hopefully with change, though there is a self-service note changing machine at the front.

Kyoto Bus Fare Board
Kyoto Bus Fare Board

Arriving at the Ryokan, it was time for the evening meal. Here we had some tempura (on left), rice, pickles and a cook-it-yourself vegetarian stew.

Self Cook Meal in Ryokan
Self Cook Meal in Ryokan



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