While many of my 10 days in Japan were spent navigating the highly efficient, though endlessly confusing (!), railway system in the pursuit of academics, I was able to squeeze in one glorious weekend in Kyoto. A city full of hidden treasures. Around each corner ~ a temple, a shrine, a garden, or a tea house. And I walked all over, probably covering no less than 20 miles on foot! Along the way, I would poke my nose into the many ceramics shops for which Kyoto is famous, or indulge in a cup of green tea and a sweet, some black sesame ice cream, or a warm bean paste cookie. There were just so many wonderful things...and so much more to share. I promise!