We ate great vegetarian food in Kyoto. There's Buddhist cuisine, including Shojin Ryori, macrobiotic, and delicious, places if you know where to look. You certainly won't starve, but it isn't necessarily cheap either.
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Ken Goldberg and
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg
Berkeley, California, USA
"Watashitachi wa bejitarian desu." (We are vegetarians.)

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06. Street Treats at Kiyumizu-dera: Kore wa, nan desu ka?—Kathryn

The descent from Kiyumizdera was an odyssey of delicious cookie snacks. I literally could not resist the siren call of samples by almost every tourist store. (Though we skipped the pickles, tsukemono).

Cinnamon treats near Kiyumizu dera
Ken's all-time favorite are the cinnamon tile cookies. We stopped in one store to buy a bag. I think this womain was surprised that we asked to take a picture with her, but she knew the drill, flashing a peace sign at the very last moment.

Mochi cookies
These are the cookie samples which provided my morning's feast. I jostled along the hoardes of school kids to get one or two. (Ed: Or three or six). Yum. Ken would ask shyly, "And what are these??? Kore wa nan desu ka?" though he knew darned well.

Matcha mochi cookie
Here's a woman actually making the matcha azuki treats. She worked with efficiency and grace, almost as fast as we hungry tourists could eat. . .

Posted on Fri, Nov 2, 2007 at 1:54 AM