In this first photo, please spot Blainie. You may need to click on it to enlarge.
This is a lucky bag (fukubukuro) and most shops offer one of these at New Years. Prices vary from 10 dollars, up in to the hundreds. Blainie found the Hello Kitty one. Was it worth it? Stay tuned to the end of the post.
Compare this photo to one taken from the same spot the other day.
Then made it up to Kiyomizudera. Again, we weren’t planning on going here again, but opportunities to see it covered in snow are rare. Lots of people (including Blainie) made snowmen (Yuki daruma).
Al fresco seating anyone?
Then traditional Kyoto sweets at a green tea place. It was good.
Things were winding down three days into the new year at the food stalls around the temples, but still time for a last takoyaki.
And yes, the answer to the above question is that it was worth it.