My name is Alexander and I am 38. I live in Japan and own a tea company.
So, I decided to show you one day of my life in Japan but it so happened that that day I spent in Kyoto which is not where I actually live (I live in Kobe).
I woke up at…
The first thing I saw was my cat…
Whom I had to feed.
Now it’s turn for my breakfast.
Soy milk with vegetables and meat.
And udon, traditional Japanese noodles.
This dish is not only tasty but also very healthy.
Richard’s watching me.
This vegetable ikebana made me think about the eternity and meditate.
After my meditation I couldn’t resist drinking some tea. By the way, tea ceremony originated in Kyoto, so I did everything according to best traditions of tea drinking. I let the boiled water chill and only then poured it into the tea pot and let the tea infuse for 2 to 3 minutes.
This is what really good tea should looks like.
I also had a couple of Japanese biscuits which I’d bought back in spring…
I filled this box which became empty after I’d eaten the biscuits with tea leaves.
What time is it?
Since I had some time, I decided to take a nap and woke up at…
I was awoken by an annual marathon. I looked out of the window and this is what I saw down there.
I turned on my laptop to reply to some comments in my blog.
A friend of mine called me and said she stayed at a nearby hotel and since I wanted to treat her to some wine, I walked there on foot. And took my camera along.
On the street, people are preparing for the marathon.
Policemen are everywhere.
These Japanese schoolgirls are probably heading to a sports contest because they usually hold sports contests on Sundays in this country.
I smells like Christmas!
My friend didn’t let me take a picture of her which upset me greatly. You can see it in my face.
We are on the bus heading to the railway station.
Dropped by at a store to buy some food for the trip.
Waiting for our electric train.
Once we were on the train, we started eating the food we’d bought.
I ate Japanese nuts-and-honey bar and my friend drank her coffee with white chocolate.
This girl was sitting next to us. Her legs were really long!
This guy apologizes for construction works they are carrying out right now at the station.
An electronics store.
Finally, we are at the Kyoto railway station.
There are a lot of visitors here and they all don’t know which way to go.
Hopping into a taxi…
And some time later, we are in downtown Kyoto!
My friend brought me into a tea salon which serves one of the best tea in Japan. It’s very difficult to get here because there are always endless lines of people who also want to taste this tea. We had to wait for just 30 minutes which is pretty good.
Suddenly, I found myself thinking that I was hungry!
We checked out an exhibition of wedding kimonos which was held on the second floor.
These tea sets and tea were for sale. Although they didn’t looked really nice, they were pretty light which I liked.
Finally, it was our turn to order.
My friend ordered fried fish with vegetables, miso soup and Japanese pickles. As for me, surprisingly for myself, I didn’t order pork even knowing that the pig had been fed with tea leaves to have a better taste and prefered some chicken.
At first, they brought us our tea.
After lunch, we headed to a temple that was filled with tourists.
In front of the temple, people smoked sacred incense to ‘exorcise the demons’, as they thought.
It’s the end of November but a lot of trees are still green and there is no that special yellow and red coloring most of the tourists came here for (they say, it’s because of unusually warm weather).
Towards evening, I realized that my legs were aching.
Before going home, we went to one of my favorite tea houses which owners I’ve known for ages. By dinner, we discussed latest gossip of the city and headed home.
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