Josh and I arrived in Kyoto yesterday after a two and a half hour ride on the Shinkansen. We spent most of yesterday searching coldmeds for Josh who's been a bit under the weather. The hostel we're staying in is quite nice, although it feels a bit sterile. We get CNN in our room so we've been catching up with all the "news" that's been going on. This morning we checked out the flea market at Toji. Lucky for us since the market happens every month on the 21st.
One thing we did before we came down to Kyoto which I haven't written about yet is our outing to the Ikebukuro Gyoza Stadium. The "stadium" is in a food-based amusement centre called Nanjatown in the Sunshine City building in Ikebukuro. It's basically a collection of gyoza shops from around the country. The shops also compete in an annual gyoza-off to determine the best gyoza. The whole place has an old town feel to it, and we tried gyoza from four different shops. It's pretty interesting time if you have the time.
Finally I will leave you with another Japanese product review. Bingo Bongo is a carbonated grape drink that apparently combines the flavors of red grape and purple grape. It has a sort of fermented taste to it, and comes in some very funky packaging. I wouldn't recommend Bingo Bongo, but it wasn't bad either.