Bought a Russian cup at Maruzen bookstore in Kyoto. The clerk told me that st. Petersburg is such a beautiful city!
Next to the Great Lake Biwa , stood a golden castle which was burnt to ashes after three years of residence in 1582
When crossing a street, an European looking gentleman stared at my sandals.
Had he asked what they were, I would have told him that these are called gyosan (gyo means fish), originally made for fishermen in Odawara. Unlike beach sandals, they are one-pieces which makes them quite durable. Now that they are a bit popular, you can buy those at Laque in Kyoto!