|Sushi-looking Candies! So KAWAII!|
One part I enjoy after visiting temples and shrines in Japan is checking out the market nearby. It's always filled with interesting Japanese merchandise that brings-out the compulsive shopper in me. LOL. This is actually my second time to visit around a nearby market area, my first time was in Nakamise Dori in Asakusa in Tokyo. I must say that Kyoto has a different charm in it as well. It's always interesting to see different street foods, traditional charms ~ Omamori, kawaii toys and sweets and just any knickknacks that's there to see... It's a fun place to get some inspiration and just find kawaii things that I love! Luckily, I took some extra-effort (despite the New Year's Day crowd) to take some photos of the enticing and colorful stuff I found.
|Too crowded by the street market!|
The first stall I noticed was this fortune-telling/palm-reading stall. I was kinda tempted to try it out but I don't think I'll get my money well spent since the palm-reader doesn't speak English anyways. Haha!
|Japanese Fortune-teller/Palm-reading... I wonder if they're accurate...|
And of course... I found those traditional Japanese charms.... my favorite Manekineko as often as I see it, I still love taking snaps of them.
|Maneko Neko and Daruma!|
Daruma also looks interesting especially when they're all lined-up like an army. An army of Daruma makes an interesting texture, don't you think?
There were lots of varieties of souvenirs for Omiyage, (those mini lanterns are so kakkoii!) but I really wondered why I couldn't find any postcard of Fushimi Inari Taisha... But there were many interesting trinkets of things anyways!
|Lots of kawaii omiyage!|
|OMG I fell in love with this!! KEWPIE dressed up as MANEKI NEKO!!! LOVE!! Of course I got one of this! haha!|
|Hello Kitty wearing kimonos! Adorable!|
One thing I missed to take photos in Nakamise Dori in Asakusa were the street food sale. This time I tried my best to take interesting food snaps... Kyoto (Kansai Region generally) has good food that I really enjoy and LOVE!
|At first I thought this was OKONOMIYAKI... but apparently since it's a FISH-SHAPED CAKE... |
So it's called TAIYAKI
|TAKOYAKI! I love OCTOPUS!|
|Well, I don't really know what this is... but I asked kareshi and told me this is called IWANATTO. It's some kind of a sweet food...?|
|GYU SUJI NIKOMI|
|Well, this is simply just BEEF STEW but it sounds more interesting when it's called GYU SUJI NIKOMI!|
And like a kid... I was fascinated with the traditional Japanese candies and some kawaii cartoon lollipops! I love the glazed colors and the pastel mix! What's more interesting about these Japanese candies is that they have a mild sweetness that's just right. (Yeah... THE CANDY EXPERT SPEAKS! LOL!)
|At first I thought these were pencil erasers or may be some sushi toys... But they were apparently SUPER KAWAII SUSHI CANDIES! They're too pretty to eat! Haha!|
|Taka, Atreyu and I have some sweet-tooth over these candies!|
|These pretty candies look like stars!|
I love these kawaii Sanrio characters lollipops! But I'd feel bad to eat them! They're too cute and their glazed eyes are irresistible! Haha!
|My favorite Onegai My Melody!|
|Cinnamonroll is so cute!|
|Hello Kitty Lollipops!|
Atreyu and Taka were so happy to get their own loot of things from the market... They got two bags of candies. KIDS. Haha! I just enjoy checking out local markets and finding some piece of local culture with it. Kyoto is a nice and special, like an old world serene place. Luckily, I still have a blog or two reserved for Kyoto... like finding the best ramen, special edition KitKat Kyoto Edition Flavors, the famous Kyoto Station and some more Shinto Prayers!
So excited to post them soon! I'm so happy to share my one-day Kyoto experience! Haha! More soon! Would you believe these are all in a day? Haha!