For the final stop on our trip, we stopped by Kyoto/Otsu to stay with another friend from Nashville, Mikayla, and also to see the Rene Magritte exhibit at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art! While staying with Mikayla, we joined up with a few of her nearby friends and ate okonomiyaki at a local shop. It was absolutely delicious and so cheap!! We were stuffed by the time we left. I learned to say “gochisou sama deshita” after eating as thanks for the meal. Then we had a few drinks out by the lake. It was a good time!
The next day we went out into Kyoto towards the Art Museum. I came across one of the biggest torii gates I had ever seen!
The Rene Magritte exhibit MADE MY LIFE.
There were 130 full original works on display. I’d never even seen ONE Magritte piece in person before that day, only in books and online. I even got to see all of my favorites up close!! It was fantastic and I still keep looking back on the experience and smiling to myself. I filled about four pages of my sketchbook with sketches of the paintings I saw. We found it delightful that the gift shop was staffed by smiling people in suits and bowler hats. Speaking of the gift shop, I bought so many things. Three postcards, two button pins, and a velvet-touch sketch journal with works by Magritte on them. We later ate some fantastic udon and soft ice cream (I had matcha & vanilla swirl!).