The Kamo River runs right through the heart of Kyoto. 

We took a long walk along the Kamogawa from near our ryokan to our favorite brush store, zig zaging from one side to the other and sometimes into the nearby streets,

until we got to the brush store that sells the best vegetable brushes in the world…

and leaf brooms.

It is near the Sanjo Bridge,

where also one of the ubiquitous Starbucks could be found for a cup of coffee, a lunch sandwich and good wifi. Japan has alot of great coffee shops all over the place these days.