One of the things that all visitors do in Kyoto is visit temples. It is, after all, an ancient capital city with over 1600 temples. What a lot of first-time visitors don’t know is that many of these are actually subtemples, i.e. temples housed within larger temple complexes. One of the biggest such complexes is Myoshinji, located in Kyoto’s Northwest. It is home to around 50 sub-temples, one of which is well worth the visit, not because it’s the oldest or most beautiful. It’s worth visiting Shunkoin temple because of its charming and articulate Vice-Abbot, the Reverend Takafumi Kawakami, who leads daily classes in Zen Buddhist meditation.
I never used to enjoy salads. Really. Where I grew up in the U.S. they always seemed so blah….iceberg lettuce, tomato wedges and such. But as an adult I became a salad fanatic. Why? Because I discovered main course salads can be so much more than lettuce and other assorted veggies. I love roasted vegetable salads, salads with beans and lentils, salads with crunchy seeds and nuts and anything featuring cheese like feta or haloumi. And nowadays, salad often features as a go-to dinner for me on an average weeknight. So, I am sharing with you my three favorite hearty salad recipes for dinner tonight.
During our most recent trip to Kyoto, my wife S and I had the pleasure of staying in a gorgeous resort in the Arashiyama region. But whether or not you stay overnight in this area, Arashiyama is well worth visiting. Its history as a popular destination stretches back to the Heian Period (794-1185). Today, its combination of stunning natural landscapes, Tenryuji Temple, postcard-worthy bamboo groves, and a treasure trove of small restaurants and shops make this far Western part of Kyoto (among domestic travellers) the second most visited tourist area in Kyoto.