found the best matcha (and bancha) gelato shop in Kyoto (across from Lawson Fushimi-Inari), run directly by the Uji tea manufacturer, Nishimura Gelato Factory.
mango & premium matcha♡
お茶を製造する宇治の会社の直営ジェラート店に遭遇。とても美味しかった！今までは茶葉やその製品を売るとしても（市内の抹茶デザート店に卸す）B to Bの問屋さんだったのが、初のB to C小売フラッグショップだそうです。耳鼻科に通っていてあまりにおいがせず、味を100％堪能できない今の私でも「美味しい！」と思ったので、完治したらもっと味わえるかな♪
I met with my friend J from HK (she was my private tutor in Putongha) and had hamo (daggertooth pike conger/conger eel) for the first time this summer. Happy to see her after…several years? We never met, did zoom, nor made phonecall during the corona-restriction days, but did write email often.
We know each other more than (maybe) twelve years, and have many things in common (except that she is a real animal lover but I never lived with dogs or cats), that even my family says we should have been an identical twins in the “previous-life” in Buddhist way of thinking.
But this time, I am so surprised to find out one more thing we share – she was also left handed! We were born in Showa period, when left-handed kids had to train hard and “correct” to become right-handed. And I (thought I) never showed me using left hand in writing or eating. Yet, she said she always knew. I didn’t notice she was same! Happy to share the life of left-handed-then-trained-right-handed life.
This winter I walked regularly around Kyoto station north, between Horikawa and Karasuma Avenues – means between 2 Honganji Temples. Though it’s really close to the main station, they still have many two-storey houses and traditional shops; I would keep walking for hours. Some writes walking-strolling is good for your brain to re-sort and “throw away” the unneccesary amount of information and thoughs you have, but for me, walking increases interests and information. Through this corona-life, I start feel I need less travelling, not to add too much exciting sceneries to my memories; maybe I shouldn’t visit any more World Heritage!
wow Cal shirt at Uniqlo shop! when you live in Kansai (or in Japan?) Berkeley is not known, so it was a surprise. if I can ask more, please make all sizes (only other 3 – Yale, Harvard, Cornell have kids’ size), and use Cal-blue and yellow-gold (suppose blue or navy is already used for Yale? do-not-hesitate)…anyway, thanks, I could briefly remember my days at Stern and Wurster Halls.
(1934 JR Nara station building)
I went to Nara after several years; to Nishino-kyo (Tosho-daiji and Yakushiji area) and Yamato-koriyama for the first time. Not crowded, not deserted, nice weather!
About 3 weeks ago, I saw a rainbow after such a long time – I can’t remember the last time. Little happiness over the sky!
Then last Sunday I saw a (supposed to be) rare train – we see less series 5000 these days + it’s the first time to see “reserved” cars for Keihan. Seems big happiness to train lovers around there (it was peaceful, by the way, unlike those news about tori-tetsu fights). It’s nice to see people with peaceful hobbies – doesn’t have to be sociable or beneficial hobby, just enjoyable hobby.
I decided not to go to Fukuoka awards ceremony (sob, sob…) but they sent me the certificate of Gold prize for drawing Dazaifu-Tenmangu Tobiume (plum tree). The plum emblem of the Fukuoka prefecture on top made me smile. Hope to visit there again soon!