Tea ceremony and an Izakaya.

I need to upload more photos and more posts, right? Well, here we go!

In Kyoto, we went up to the tv tower to see the city from above, and it’s quite impressive, to see such a massive city with all the mountains around.
Next we went to the aquarium where we got to see the huge salamanders! The aquarium was small but very cute and with very interesting animals.

By the end of the day we went to Camellia, which I’m going to do a whole post about when I get back. Camellia is run by Atsuko, who was going to be our host last year in Kyoto. We met her briefly in Lisbon, roughly a year ago, over a nice dinner at Petiscaria Ideal. Unfortunately, Atsuko had to cut her trip short so we weren’t able to stay in her place, but we continued to be friends.

The tea ceremony, led by Atsuko, was incredible. The movements, the ambiance, the smells and the flavors were amazing. But I don’t want to ruin the upcoming post about Camellia, so I’m saving the best for another day.

After the very relaxing and tasty ceremony, Atsuko took us to an Izakaya. An Izakaya is a traditional Japanese restaurant, that derived from sake shops. Customers leave their shoes by the door, sit on the floor and indulge in delicious food and drinks.
This moment was most definitely one of the very best in the entire trip.

Enjoy the iPhone photos for now!