Leaving Kyoto (京都) was a little bit of a disappointment; I felt like I had just begun to unlock that city. I still think I got just a peek. As Face and I left, we saw quite a few signs that were telling us not to leave (resulting in what we are going to forever call “the platter”).
En route to Kobe (神戸市) (where we would have lunch with Face’s host parents), I wanted to stop and get them a gift. You can’t believe how hard finding a good California bottle of wine can be in Japan. (Their wine is not that good, btw.)
Later in the night, I met more of Face’s friends. We went out for some ‘Japanese pancakes’. I can’t even describe the food that I ate. Finally, I ended up teaching some American gestures to new friends (the American “Hey!” followed by the -snap-, -snap- was a favorite when getting someone’s attention).
Nice, slow transition day into Kobe (神戸市).
Also: I ran across the first liquor & beer vending machine.
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