There are plenty of foreigners who have fallen in love with Kyoto and have made it their home; there’s a good chance that they have started a blog on life here. Guess I’m one of them now.☺
Although I started this blog as a photo diary to personally record my foodie experiences in Kyoto, I’m surprised and overwhelmed by how it has become a café/restaurant, etc. source for foodies around the world as well as residents of or visitors to Kyoto. Because I want to support the local private businesses, the cafes, restaurants, etc. that I have covered thus far have roots in Kyoto. One may notice that I include information for certain cafes while others I only recount my experience there: if I’m on name-calling, conversing terms with the staff, then I feel the liberty to include more information, so if you want more information, please feel free to contact me for it if you don’t have any luck researching yourself☺. With the ever-increasing number of eating establishments I found it necessary to start another blog, Bura-Bura Kyoto, to focus on other aspects of Kyoto including shops, events and sights that I’ve experienced. Information may go back as far as July 2000 when I first came to Kyoto but more likely will span the last six years and in no particular order; I’ll update posts as I go back to the places about which I’ve written, so please feel free to go back and check for more (current) information on the ones that you like.
I will try to include definitions for every Japanese word or term that I use but sometimes I won’t define a word because I have a tendency to use it often. Also, certain Japanese terms are better off not interrupted by translation which takes away from the intended sentiment. For unfamiliar Japanese terms, please refer to the page, ✎Some useful Japanese vocabulary to know when reading “Hitori Kyoto”✐.
I am by no means an official food critic, so my opinions should be taken with a grain of salt. I assume that those who will enjoy looking at my blog will be someone who enjoys good food in establishments that are just pleasing to the eye and the senses. For those who currently reside in Kyoto or those who wish to live here or visit one day, I hope that my depiction of Kyoto may help you to love it just as much as I do! And if I can convince anyone to visit Kyoto and the places about which I write, and even to feel the same way, this blog would not be in vain!☺
I’ve also started a blog about Kameoka, Kameoka Jiman, because there are quite a bit of noteworthy experiences that I’ve had in my home since coming to Japan.☺
A little preview…
本日の定食honjitsu no teishoku (daily meal) which included 肉じゃがniku-jaga (meat & potato stew), 青菜のひたしaona no hitashi (boiled soy-flavored greens), ピーマンのトマト煮piiman no tomato-ni (bell-pepper stewed with tomatoes), みそ汁miso-shiru (miso soup) and 玄米genmai (brown rice) at culotte
nunu chocolates×長五郎餅本舗Chogoromochi-honpo チョコレート大福chocolate daifuku and nunu chocolates×千本玉壽軒Senbon Tamajuken kitano brownie with with カフェ・グランピー エスプレッソ・トニックCafé Grumpy espresso tonic, ￥600, with at knot café
エチオピアイルカチュアEthiopia Yirgacheffe coffee and チーズケーキcheesecake at cafe de Corazón
looking down from the second floor of the renovated machiya café, 栞栞カフェShiori Shiori Cafe