Lovely Kyoto

November 18, 2014 — 2 Comments

Kyoto Girls


I once heard that Kyoto was the Paris of Asia from a trusted friend. So when Clarence and I decided to add on cities to our Shanghai trip, we decided to spend a few days in Kyoto. I’d never heard of Kyoto before my friend mentioned it to me. Aside, from the time I heard it referenced in a song on KCRW one day. I’d only had my heard set on Tokyo for most of my life. Kyoto was a breath of fresh air after a week in crowded Shanghai. And we had the perfect guide to show us the heartbeat of the city, Alan Algee.

It was a joy to see how well adjusted Alan was to this foreign city, coming from Los Angeles. He’s lived there for a year now and is living the creative genius dream. I was happy that Clarence got a chance to meet him and learn what it’s like for an American to live abroad since it’s in our hearts to do so. Well, we are open to the idea at least ;-).

Our first night in Kyoto we explored Kodai-ji Zen Temple and later had Shabu-Shabu at Junidan-Ya, the first shabu shabu restaurant in Kyoto. It’s Japanese custom to slurp at the end of your bowl to show that the food was delicious. I had fun with that. Clarence accidentally walked up to the table with his shoes on for dinner. We gasped – and laughed (after the fact).

2 responses to Lovely Kyoto


    The first time I heard that song – “Rather Be”, I knew it was from Jesus. Is that weird? I bought it on my iTunes, and listened to it over and over and over… and I was like – this sounds like a love song from Jesus to His lost children!! “I would wait forever – exalted in the scene”… “we’ve staked out on a mission, to find our inner peace – make it everlasting, so nothing’s incomplete” … “we’re different and the same, gave you another name” (Abraham, Sarah, Israel, etc).

    I dug a little deeper on the band, and on the Wikipedia site for them, it says they met at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and that that song is sometimes interpreted as a Christian song.

    It’s my favorite song right now 🙂 🙂 🙂


    Wow, you have ears to hear sis! I didn’t make that connection, but I knew I loved it haha. That’s amazing. I love finding artists who are Christian and have found ways to create in ways that translate to the masses.


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