Our last day in Kyoto was — realistically — our last day in Japan. We would leave for Tokyo at noon and after arriving at our motel, would go to dinner for our last night with the family that evening. The next day, we would go back to Narita Airport for the long trip home.
But before returning to Tokyo, we spent the morning at the Shijo street market. This market is a long corridor the width of a narrow street, with shops on both sides. It spans several blocks in Kyoto and has shops of all kinds – mainly food and small items. It was fascinating, with all kinds of fresh foods prepared and raw, spices, tea, candy, seafood, beef, and vegetables; much of it as the Japanese citizens would expect and would purchase. We wandered the market and I made image after image.
On our return to Tokyo, we had one last family meal, at a restaurant owned by a friend of the family. We were in a private room that was all glassed in with a view of the city, and there were fireworks in the distance behind the tall buildings we could see out of the outside window. Alas, I did not bring my camera for this occasion. Our new family is wonderful and we had a very nice time and a great final dinner together. We are looking forward to being back together again very soon!
Our final night was back in the Park Tokyo Hotel, and we had this view of Tokyo Tower. In the morning I made a few shots of Tokyo from up high, before we left for Narita.