October, time to officially welcome Autumn in Japan, at least the weather is pleasant and cooling during this period after the scorching summer. Funny though that this year, not much of my friends complained about Japan's summer heat, most of them just said that it felt almost like being home in Malaysia lol which is quite bearable la for us Malaysians. Guess global warming is slowly altering the climate changes like the recent news that near the coast area there's still reports of typhoon activity ongoing when it's usually done before the month of October. Oh well, just hope things aren't too bad on that side of Japan :(
Well speaking of Japan, this month marks my 1st anniversary visiting this beautiful favorite country and can't believe how time just flew by just like that. Last year alone, during this period had a whirlpool of my life from loosing my full time job because the company decided to close down, to being scammed for my first overseas cosplay guest appearance gig in Bali, but not all of them are horrid! Every dark cloud has its silver linings, mine was i got to meet Daisuke salon (went total blonde!), witness (ex) あなた’s Iaido grading and finally crossed visiting Japan out of my travel bucket list despite having last minute problems with flight and accommodation.
Also shows how long i've procrastinated to make this blogpost about my visit to Kyoto lol, typical Malaysian but can't deny that i was pretty busy this year compared to other years before that and being a responsible adult is really tough especially when there is other things to prioritized aside from your blog. I wish i could blog for a living, but unfortunately, i don't have that luxury lol unless i have a husband/ family supporting me fulltime while i just focus on my blog and baby. Sounds pretty unrealistic right? Just stay home and blog. That's how most rich bloggers survive these days, having a stable source of income (husbands/ family) while they just boast about how perfect their lives is that occasionally they need to come up with intentional drama like how those Singaporean bloggers do lol. Yes, i am hinting the current fiasco between a blogger and a certain agency, you guys sure know who already la since you all so kepochi like aunties (me also) :-P
Okay back from off topic, now back to Kyoto people lol! Spent practically almost a week in Tokyo before heading down south to Kansai region via shinkansen (we briefly stopped by Nagoya on the way) as our flight home was from Osaka airport, it was あなた’s planning so at least we got to visit famous places like 伏見稲荷大社 (Fushimi Inari Taisha) before heading home. Looking back, i kinda feel bad that he had to do all the planning as i was a total noob when it comes to traveling and the worst part is i could barely speak nor read the language, well after a couple of months attending Japanese night classes, i am glad that i am able to read better now but still not so confident with the speech section as my grammar needs brushing up lol. Please don't laugh when you hear me speak Japanese like a timid mouse lol, shy die me everytime i have to open my mouth. Probably my friends are right when they say, date Japanese guy confirm your speaking skills will improve alot haha, or it's just a joke so who knows? But doubt any of them wants a 2-in-1 package lol, destined to be #foreveralone la, time for me to face the damn fact.
While making our way down to our rented unit near Kyoto-shiyakusho-mae (Kyoto City Hall) station, we (actually me la) got kinda side tracked with all the delicious looking dessert stalls down by the subway (not the sandwich) like this Kyoto Veneto store that specializes in all things involving matcha. Those Gemini Matcha Cheesecake in the photo below looks so heavenly wei..but doubt 2 small size stomach people can finish this cheesecake before it goes bad lol. I can probably finish it in one sitting now la with my lil parasite inside of me that's making my appetite unusually big D:
It's good to have guy companions around at times for faster decision making since their brain functions as a one way street compared to us girls who end up thinking of sub-possibilities even though it's not so relevant at that point of time.
Highly recommend the Tiramisu, it's heavenly with a perfect ratio of soaked coffee cake and cream.
Doubt it's alcoholic because it doesn't reek of the usual rum.
The owner of this strategic located small apartment (really, really small!), Yuichi-san was pretty helpful and responsive to all my inquires and he replies in fluent English too! Usually for Airbnb, not all hosts speaks/ writes good English but most of the time it's understandable despite it being obvious it was google translated lol.
Per night it's about RM200+ and the room is able to fit 2 people comfortably, so the cost breakdown is about RM100 per person compared to our stay in Saitama which was only RM30+ per person since it was located at the outskirt area of Tokyo, price difference pretty vast eh?
Comparing the prices of our room to the other listings in Airbnb Kyoto, we pretty much got ourselves a good deal as it's strategically located without the cost being too cut-throat lol.
You can check out Yuichi-san's listing below:
It wasn't too hard to find the place since the address and instruction from Yuichi-san was pretty straightforward. From Kyoto Central station itself, takes about 5-10 minutes walk to the apartment, i would highly recommend this location for those who are visiting Kyoto since it's centralized, you are pretty much close to everything already. Walking distance to Gion District (Geisha/Maiko spotting area), famous Nishiki Market where you can get first hand experience on their fresh produce and of course there's a list of nearby notable shrines you can visit too. As for me my main interest and purpose in Kyoto was to visit the legendary Fushimi Inari Taisha, though あなた has already visited the place a year before that.
Will be saving a whole blogpost for Fushimi Inari Taisha, it's also our first holiday fight which made this whole shrine outing a rather unpleasant one. Looking back at how childish we were, this simple argument could have been avoided if only both of us spoke our minds rather than expecting each other to be telepathic :-/
I am actually amazed at the sizes of these common one room apartments in Japan, it's practically 200x200 sqf per unit inclusive of the kitchen and toilet area that can still fit a bathtub by the way!
Malaysian developers and architectures really do need to learn from the Japanese especially when it comes to cost and space efficient places like these that would definitely make living expenses for us single people who values privacy a lil more affordable.
Have you seen the prices of our studio units in Malaysia? Makes me wonder how the heck to they expect a single income person to be able to afford such rent unless they are rich people la.
This place even comes with a washing machine!
How many of you prefer to do your laundry during your travels? I honestly prefer to do it only when i get home unless it's an emergency like i don't have enough clean clothes lol but in Japan if you under-pack, it just gives you more reason to shop for new clothes haha.