Avoiding our Kyoto departure, we went to eat my last Japanese toast at our Second Breakfast place. Instead of taking a left back to our ryokan, we took a right. We discovered a whole neighborhood back there with shops
and we "stumbled" upon the Big Bodhisattva. Her nose alone is 3 feet 3 inches. She was beautifully serene with a green mountainous backdrop.
She was constructed in 1955 to honor all Japanese soldiers who died in WWII. What was touching was it also included soil from the allied soldiers burial grounds and a card catalog of sorts with the names of all the Allied Soldiers who perished. We were alone there, most travelers were visiting older temples; it was really nice. We left incense in the cauldron.
Because we made that detour this morning, we opted not to visit Sanjusangen-do Temple, or as we call it, the shrine of many Buddhas that our host recommended. We made our own pilgrimage. We will save that, Nijojo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and the dry landscape garden at Ryoanji for another time.
We needed another week in Kyoto. Clearly.
Once in Kanazawa our first goal was - what else?- to eat. Unfortunately it was 3 in the afternoon, when all restaurants go on siesta. So, again, we found ourselves eating tempura on a bench in the basement of a department store.
After wandering the Nagamachi neighborhood with well-preserved samurai quarters (all we saw was the mud-stuccoed, tiled-roofed-outsides of them. I guess things were closed?) we took the Loop bus home the long way. We were ready to eat again, on a recommendation and a reservation from the nice front desk lady, we ate at Sushi Keitan. Sake and a whole lot of tuna, please, including a tuna that looked like salmon. The sushi master recommended one, which he didn't know the English name equivalent for since it is just found in the Sea of Japan.