A few photos taken while strolling past local shops and street-food vendors at Mino Waterfall in Osaka and in the Fushimi and Higashiyama districts of Kyoto, with still others taken while visiting two of Kyoto's most notable marketplaces: the Shinkyogoku shopping district and Nishiki Market, both in the heart of downtown.

Shinkyogoku is noted for its restaurants and cafés, fashionable clothing shops, and specialty stores featuring everything from abacuses to jewelry, tabis and other footwear, cosmetics, handbags, luggage, cutlery, and more—much of it sold tax free.

Nishiki Market is a five-block-long, pedestrian-only, jam-packed alleyway with more than a hundred shops, stalls, and mini-restaurants, offering, among other merchandise, fresh and dried seafood and a wide selection of fresh local produce. Its origins date all the way back to the early 14th century, prior to which the area was the center of a fish wholesale district.