Mike and I spent his 26th birthday in Kyoto. (Side note: Mike's turning 28 this year! Can't believe it's been 2 years since this trip. I really should try to post real time.) My favorite part of this city is this quaint little street we stumbled upon. I don't even know what the area is called but it looked like a scene straight out of a Studio Ghibli film. I think that's my favorite part about Kyoto in general - that you can walk around aimlessly and find these little gems around the city.
One of my fondest memories of this trip happened in Kyoto. We took a bus from Kinkaku-ji to head back to our hotel. In Japan, buses don't necessarily pass by all the stops (or at least the one we were riding didn't) especially if no one is waiting at the bus stop and if no one pressed the button to alert the driver that he/she wanted to get off at the next stop. Long story short, Mike and I pressed the button several stops too early because we misheard the announcement and we realized our mistake a split second too late. No one else was getting on or off so we both just hopped off the bus, too embarrassed of the minute inconvenience we caused. We walked and laughed the rest of the way.
All photos taken by Mike Rabat