Kyoto is 80% Yoko, anagramatically speaking 

Leaving off from my previous post, you find me in the middle of a stay in Kyoto. It is Christmas eve. A  lengthy chitchat over okonomiyaki with Yoko, my Airbnb host, the night before (not the first Yoko and John friendship ever formed, you’ll notice) had given me plenty of ideas of how to spend…

Kyoto part 1: Bamboo-zled by beauty

Leaving Nagoya behind in the rearview mirror (it’s doubtful that trains have these but go with me on the metaphorical ride here), my shinkansen sped towards Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, some 40 mins to the southwest. Where Tokyo boasts of the present and future successes of the Japanese economy, Kyoto showcases, in poetic…