A visit to Higashiyama kyoto, Hanatouro (花灯路) event

Yesterday I visited one of the famous お寺(temple) in Kyoto which is 清水寺(kiyomizudera). This is a Buddhist temple  and one of UNESCO world heritage. This temple is known for its large veranda where you can get to see the city of Kyoto from its veranda, you can even spot Kyoto Tower from here. But I was unlucky yesterday, because the pagoda and some of the veranda are still under-maintenance. The view is breathtakingly amazing from the veranda, it’d be more amazing in Autumn I think. the other bad luck that happened yesterday was the temperature. we are supposed to be entering the spring this month but yesterday night the  temperature is drop to 4 degree. I was freezing cold, I didn’t wear winter clothes only thin blouse under my coat. despite that my fingers were freezing i managed to take some photos.

Below the temple there is a little park with pond and some sakura tree, I will come again when the sakura is blooming, I bet it’ll be beautiful.
Next time when the weather is warmer I will go back again to Kyoto in daylight for better photos. I want a Good Camera now. this 2 years I always depend on my iphone for taking photos.
On our way down hill we passed the 東山 street that have one pagoda, I don’t know the name of the pagoda. this street is like an ancient Japanese street, and during march they have this  hanatouro event where they lit up the street with japanese lamp.
Plan to move to another temple, were too tired and cold. so decided to come again another day. 
I never like temple visit, but I think I’ll enjoy temple visit in Kyoto. 

Review: Nakamura Toukichi honten. It’s a Matcha Paradise

Who Doesn’t like Matcha?
Matcha is a finely milled Japanese green tea. even when I lived in Indonesia I already loved matcha. Now that I live here in Japan I feel like I’m in “Matcha Paradise”, You can easily find anything with matcha here, such as; KitKat matcha, chocolate matcha, Hagen-daz matcha, matcha cheese cake, matcha crackers and the list goes on.

Honestly I don’t know how a good matcha taste like. So far I had only visited one matcha cafe, Nana’s Green tea, this cafe is also available in Singapore if I’m not wrong. I always want to try an original Japanese matcha store. I asked my secretary for recommendation, she recommended nakamura tokichi honten. She said that this is one of the most famous matcha cafe in Japan (or Kansai)

So last saturday I decided to visit the store. The original store is uji (1,5 hours by train from Osaka), because we left Osaka at 3PM so we went to the branch store in kyoto eki.


The restaurant is located in 3F Suvaco Isetan. the entrance is very japanese style as you can see in the picture above. It is always full, The interior design is very simple with cream and matcha color.



The menu price is moderate around 500-2000 yen. The menu has many variations from matcha soba, matcha jelly, matcha cheese cake. parfait, matcha drinks, etc. I ordered a set of matcha jelly with mochi and 3 scoops of matcha ice cream



I put one scoop of ice cream into the matcha jelly and mixed it as per told by the waiter, actually she told me to put all the ice cream. I never like matcha jelly, but this one definitely changed it. the Jelly is done perfectly not too hard or too soft and the taste is bitter sweet even before i mixed it with the ice cream. I think mixing it with matcha ice cream is the best way to eat the matcha jelly. Even when I left the restaurant I still can’t forget the taste. I will definitely comeback to try the others menu.

For me this is the most delicious matcha so far, but I plan to explore more, checking another famous matcha cafe in Kyoto. For everyone who is going to visit japan/kyoto you should try this shop.


I’m in Love and hate with Japan

I decided to create this blog special for my life in Japan. Been living here for 2 years, Seen a lot of places, Experienced many Things.
I do whines a lot about Japan, especially the society. despite all of that I must admit that as a country Japan is all you need; good public transportation, safe, clean and not to mention the money is really good here.

This country is really beautiful. Every season has its own color and theme. will explain in details in later post.