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Keiko-mama in Kyoto

Our Kyoto Airbnb was so awesome that I’ve got to dedicate an entire post to it. Keiko-mama, our host, was such a balm after what we went through our first night in Osaka, constantly checking in on us even before we arrived in Kyoto. Keiko-mama’s house sits atop a hill, so how it worked was that she’d drop us off at a bus stop or station in the morning and pick us up from the nearest bus stop at night. If that’s not dedication enough, our first night in our room was spent exchanging introductions with Keiko-mama, and getting tips on our rough itineraries for the next three days. She literally sat with us for the next hour or so refining our plans for Kyoto! We hadn’t even unpacked our suitcases yet.  XD

Keiko-mama helping us to plan our itinerary at our Kyoto Airbnb.Planning our Kyoto itinerary with Keiko-mama while warming up under the kotatsu in our room! Shasha and Ruru had been intrigued by the Sagano Romantic Train pamphlet at the tourism in Kyoto Station, and when we mentioned it to Keiko-mama, she got so excited at the romance of it that she sought about transportation logistics in squeezing in a highly-recommended boat ride into our plans.

Autumn leaves on the road down from our Kyoto Airbnb.Just take a look at that scenic view going down the hill from the house!

Panoramic view of our Kyoto Airbnb.There’s Shasha putting on her shoes and Ruru giving me a very heavy wink in the front yard the next morning.

We were incredibly lucky to arrive at a time in between other guests, so we managed to get full access to the adjoining room:

Adjoining rooms at our Kyoto Airbnb.The closed sliding door leads to another room which was just vacated.

Small zen garden at our Kyoto Airbnb.Small pebble garden!

Momiji maple tree and kotatsu at our Kyoto Airbnb.The most beautiful Japanese Maple grew right outside our room. Here’s a shot with our super warm kotatsu in the foreground one morning when we opened the sliding doors to the balcony.

Momiji at our Kyoto Airbnb.

Red maple leaves from momiji at our Kyoto Airbnb.Vacant room in the background.

Mountain view from our Kyoto Airbnb.View from the balcony in the morning.

Green shoots signaling spring at our Kyoto Airbnb.My feet were too big for the wooden clogs to wear outside onto the balcony. Also, my poor abused DKNY tights. On the bright side, I’ve exercised the option to buy footwear from the mens department a couple of times now. They’re cool okay.

B-chan through the screen door at our Kyoto Airbnb.Introducing B-chan, a chirpy little dog masquerading as a black mop. It just so happened that he was here to stay for a short while, and when Keiko-mama mentioned him when she came to pick us up, we had to tell her that it was a little 困るas Shasha is muslim and forbidden from interacting with dogs as they are tak halal. And as briefly mentioned in my previous post, Ruru is a little afraid of cats, dogs, and deer. Keiko-mama spent the rest of our entire stay making sure that B-chan was safely separated by a door whenever he posed a danger to us. Sorry Keiko-mama and B-chan! 😅

Anyway, Keiko-mama’s breakfasts are such a motivation to wake up for. Day one started with a four-dish feast – just how early did Keiko-mama have to wake up to make this?! So amazed:

Chicken breakfast at our Kyoto Airbnb.

Day two was Chahan and soothing miso soup with a view:

Breakfast at our Kyoto Airbnb: fried rice chahan, miso soup.

Breakfast at our Kyoto Airbnb: fried rice chahan, miso soup.

On Day three, we made Takoyaki. Keiko-mama had heard about our obsession with Takoyaki in Osaka and brought us to the nearby grocery store just to get ingredients for this the previous night!

Keiko-mama starting the first batch of takoyaki at our Kyoto Airbnb.Here’s Keiko-mama starting off the first round. We took turns cooking the next three or so batches. ATE SO MUCH BUT IT WAS ALL WORTH IT.

B-chan and our takoyaki at our Kyoto Airbnb.Tempting B-chan with some nomz because I’m evil.

Wefies with our homemade takoyaki with Keiko-mama at our Kyoto Airbnb.Me, Keiko-mama, B-chan (being very well-behaved in the chair), Shasha, Ruru, and a whole lot of Takoyaki! ♥

Animated gif of our parting gift to Keiko-mama: a MUJI notebook with farewell notes and a Fujifilm Instax snapshot together.THANK YOU KEIKO-MAMA WE LOVE YOU~

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