El Latino: Mexican Food in Kyoto
Having started our travels in Mexico City back in May 2012, we had gone a while without consuming really good Mexican food or margaritas. Needless to say, the time had come. And the fact that we happened to be in the Japanese city of Kyoto at the time was not going to hinder the duty we had to our stomachs and our desire to find a Mexican restaurant in Japan. But we understood we were asking a lot from the burrito-wrapping, picante-pouring, tequila-swigging Mexican food gods from above. Still, believing ourselves to be in their good taco-loving graces, we Googled: “Mexican food restaurant Kyoto”.
Historic City of Kyoto
At first we didn’t quite get the charm of Kyoto. We were told that it’s a perfect example of old Japan with streets filled with traditional architectures styles. But when we arrived, it just looked like a small city. I suppose we were expecting something like Antigua in Guatemala – though it’s on the other side of the world. Antigua’s small city, old charm is apparent right upon entering and this was the idea we had in our minds.
Meet Issei: Gay in Tokyo, Straight in Osaka
We learned about being gay in Japan from our interview with Issei, a gay student from Osaka, who lives in Tokyo. He was our gracious CouchSurfing host and loves travels as much as we do.
Traveling in Tokyo can be expensive and confusing. It has one of the busiest, most extensive rapid transit systems in the world and while English is seen and spoken often enough, the language barrier is bound to cause a problem at some point. But when you have someone who knows the city helping you out, it becomes much more navigable so you can make the most of your trip. This is why we felt very lucky to have been invited to stay with Issei, a 20 year old Japanese student (on hiatus) living in Tokyo, through CouchSurfing.org.