noren 

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What I love most about visiting Japan are the little things. Like the hooks supporting the noren. Almost invisible

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extra day in kyoto

Even though Kiyomizu-dera is under construction, there is still so much to do in Kyoto so spending an extra day there.

Segment #7: Walk around Nijō Castle from 3 pm to 5 pm (supposedly this place is very busy in the middle of the day). Tour Sanjo-kai Shotengai. Gotta see the Matatabi-sha Shrine which is right inside the shopping arcade.

Segment #8: 9 am paper shopping at Kamiji Kakimoto followed by 10 am tea at Ippodo. What should I buy at KIX? Last time got Hiyoko (ひよ子) at NRT (see picture above).

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midsummer night

It has not been a hot summer. Nevertheless I’m enjoying thinking about a cold winter day. Thinking about walking through the Christmas Tree selections outside the market. Thinking about falling snow falling. Falling.

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Also thinking about the seasons that have passed us by.

[January] RGA Skating Event

[February] Celebrating bday with Stephen + Denise @ Tutti Matti

[March] Celebrating Valentines: “I thought: I need to revisit Japan ASAP. On second thought, the fact that I can eat this in Toronto means I don’t really need to revisit Japan ASAP”

[April] Checking out his grandma’s quilts; she gets her patterns from St Jacobs

[May] Ramble around St James Cemetery: “There is nothing more romantic than graveyards in the spring. The memories of others, the scent of lilac and, going down a flight of stairs, a sense of hanami (花見)”

[August Bonus] Celebrating half-bday @ Rectory Cafe on Ward Island; “after Thanksgiving, however, the Rectory will close its doors for good

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St Lawrence market open until 7 pm on Fridays!

i++ he makes a really good dressing with lots of vigorous whisking so haven’t bought dressing for a while; today felt like Brianna’s Lemon Tarragon (the fragrance as I massage the kale and sprinkle the pine nuts)

i++ no salt added canned chick pea for when we forget to soak

i++ also mutenka dashi katsuo @ lively life

i++ hot italian sausage @ whitehouse for BBQ with Mum + Dad

i++ whole wheat bagels @ St. Urbain Bagels (first company to introduce Montreal-style bagels to Toronto)

i++ garlic chips @ peter’s

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