In May 2006 I came to Japan to attend the International Conference on Toric Topology at Osaka City University, which was a rousing success. Before the conference, Polina and I spent some time walking around Kyoto, making sure not to miss the trail of thousands of orange gates called tori.

We spent two nights camping by the river Yuragawa, near some villages 40km north of Kyoto.

In Osaka we spent many a happy night over a long dinner.