Ethical Vegan Festival in Osaka, Kyoto Weekend trip・大阪でのヴィーガンフェスティバル、京都旅など

On Sunday was the 4th Ethical Vegan festival in Osaka, located in Nakazakicho. This time especially was well-attended and I am very happy I was able to meet with some of the vegan/vegetarian community in Kansai again. 先週末は、大阪の中崎町にある4回目のエシカルヴィーガンフェスティバルでした!去年より来客が増えて、関西のベジタリアン・ヴィーガンのコミュニテイーにまた会えてとても嬉しいです。

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Of course, I ate a lot of delicious food, including some awesome doughnuts from a small bakery (Flora) in Kyoto!もちろんたくさんの美しい食べ物をいただきました。特にドーナツが美味しかったと思っていました。

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Before going to the festival on Sunday afternoon, however, I went to Kyoto! This past weekend I initially had no major plans so I decided on an impromptu overnight stay. As I live a bit far from Kyoto, whenever I go for a day trip I usually stress about planning to maximize my time between sightseeing, shopping, and eating vegan food, but fortunately I had the time to stay overnight and was able to relax and do satisfy pretty much everything I wanted to this time! I went to Kyoto alone and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

フェスタに行く前、京都に行ってきました。先週末予定はそんなになかったので、ふと京都で一泊しようと思って、行きました。今の家は京都から遠いから日帰りなら満足のためにいろいろな計画しなければなりません。今回は一人旅で、普通の日帰りより楽しめて、ほとんど全てのやりたかったことができてとても良かったと思います。

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For dinner on Saturday, I was able to go to one of the vegan cafes I’ve been wanting to go to for at least a year, Choice. I ordered a salad to try their delicious in-house made cashew cheese, and a (gluten-free) pancake for dessert. I’m looking forward to going back again and trying more of their menu.

今回、昔から行きたかった店チョイス(CHOICE)にようやく行けて、美味しいカシューナッツチーズのサラダとグルテンフリーパンケーキをいただきました。今度他の物を食べるのが楽しみです。

For more information about Choice: http://choice-hs.net/

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During the day, I took a bus north to see one of the temples in Kyoto with a “crimson ceiling” using bloodied wooden planks from Fushimi Castle in 1600. I went to Genkoan, located in the Takagamine area of Kyoto, about one hour away from Kyoto Station. Although I don’t have any images of the ceiling (which did feature the famous bloodstains), I took a photo of the two famous windows–I possess little knowledge about Buddhism, but from what I understand, the rectangular window symbolizes delusion,  and the round window is enlightenment.

昼間はバスで血天井で知られているお寺に行ってきました。京都駅から1時間ぐらいかかる鷹峰にある源光庵に行きました。天井の画像はないのですが、有名な窓の写真を撮りました。長方形の窓は「迷いの窓」、丸い窓は「悟りの窓」です。

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I had a great weekend overall, but unfortunately discovered that I left my house key in Kyoto upon getting home on Sunday night. Luckily, my key was found, and reached me a few days later, so all is well again.とても良い週末を過ごせて良かったですが、やっと家に着いた時アパートの鍵を京都に置き忘れたことを気がつきました。運良く、鍵が見つかれて、送ってくれて、今日届きました。

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