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Amongst the many things my best friend, Ai Rene, storied me about her home-stay in Kyoto, one of two highlights that really stayed with me was to experience an authentic Japanese tea tradition – for real. I didn’t manage to find out exactly where or how I could taste that kind of exquisiteness the way she described it, but what I did know was that I must visit The Golden Pavilion . . .

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This shinning piece of beauty floating above the river was truly a mesmerizing sight to behold, though that’s not quite the best part yet. To me, it was the stroll we took; which unexpectedly led us to a hut serving rich matcha green tea for only 500 Yen per person. *confetti in the air!* Surrounding the area were petite stalls selling Kyoto plum tea and adorable souvenirs like this.

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Whether you’ve been here or would simply like to revisit a darling memory, I hope this virtual stroll at our first stop in Kyoto gives you a peace of mind to an otherwise dreary Thursday.

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{Neat tree-lined pathway that immediately enters you to Zen zone}

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{Red lips and kitty purse for the day! Get the look here}

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{From a different perspective, below a golden balcony}

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{That giant lazy chair bonsai}

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{Being calming and all that jazz}

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{Of stones and Buddha}

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{Moss roof bedding}

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Now echoes one of my most favorite words as a child: “Time for tea!

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{This demure Japanese lady taking us through an unforgettable experience of matcha green tea tradition}

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{Precious}

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Such is a dainty experience I’ll truly treasure as part of my best-loved Japan memories. Have you tried it for yourself yet?

 

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