Since 1995, “Travel & Leisure” magazine has done an annual survey of travelers to find the best city in the world for tourists.
And, for the second year in-a-row, Kyoto, Japan has been ranked the world’s best city.
Last May, my family and I went there again, (Click here to see my post and photos from that trip), and we agree – Kyoto is a very lovely city!
(This photo of geisha near Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto is from “allworldtowns.com”)
Personally though, I think that Tokyo is the best city in the world…but maybe that’s because I’ve lived here most of my life and I know my way around Tokyo very well. Either way, I can understand why Kyoto is so popular with tourists!
The Travel & Leisure top-ten cities for 2015 are:
1. Kyoto, Japan
2. Charleston, South Carolina
3. Siem Reap, Cambodia
4. Florence, Italy
5. Rome, Italy
6. Bangkok, Thailand
7. Krakow, Poland
8. Barcelona, Spain
9. Cape Town, South Africa
10. Jerusalem, Israel
(Click here to see a news article about the list).
What do you think about this list?
Have you ever been to Kyoto?
Leave a comment!
The final match of the 2015 Women’s Soccer World Cup was played today.
It was Japan vs USA.
The USA won, so they are the 2015 Women’s World Cup champions!
Japan got silver (2nd place), and England won third place!
Coincidentally, in the previous Women’s World Cup (in 2011), the final match was played between Japan and America then too. Japan won that time.
America has a strong women’s soccer team. They currently hold the record for the most World Cup champions (three times), and they’re the only team that have been in the top three in every World Cup since the first one in 1991!
A few years ago, Burger King Japan offered a black burger…even the bread cheese were black!
(Click here to see my post about it).
And then, last year, McDonalds Japan decided to get in the game.
They offered a pink Sakura Teriyaki & Egg Burger in April, and their own black burger in October.
McDonalds Japan’s pink 「さくらてりたま」 (Sakura Teriyaki & Egg) burger.
And now, Burger King Japan has decided to offer new, unusually-colored burgers this summer (2015).
From July 3rd (until sometime in August), they will offer two new spicy red sandwiches…even the cheese and buns are red!
The “Aka (Red) Samurai Beef”
The “Aka (Red) Samurai Chicken”
And then, for a limited-time from August 21st, Burger King Japan will offer two new black sandwiches with black cheese and buns…but different from the ones they offered a few years back.
The “Kuro (Black) Shogun” burger with black cheese and eggplants.
The “Kuro (Black) Taiso” burger with black cheese and hash-potato.
You can design your own original Kit-Kat package with any photograph you like of your family, friends, pet, or whatever, and have that picture on a pack of regular, dark, or green tea Japanese Kit-Kats.
Kit-Kat Japan’s 「チョコラボキットカット」 (“Kit-Kat Chocolate collaboration”) website
Click here to go the Kit-Kat Japan website where you can design and order original Kit-Kat packages (site is in Japanese only).
We went to 新宿 (Shinjuku, Tokyo) yesterday.
Saw the giant Godzilla over the Toho Theater building, went to the 45th floor observation platform in 東京都庁 (Tokyo Government Building) to see the sunset over the city skyline.
And then we went to an 居酒屋 (izakaya restaurant). While we were there, a big earthquake struck near Tokyo. I’ve experienced numerous earthquakes in Japan over the years…but will always hate them!
When we went home, it took longer than usual because, as we feared, the earthquake caused train delays.