Kyoto is really lovely, but after three days we started to miss the excitement of Tokyo. Being here feels a bit like traveling from San Francisco to Santa Clara; things move at a slower pace, the weather is warmer, the shopping is not quite as spectacular, and public transportation is more expensive.
I've managed to memorize only a few characters for simple words such as exit, entrance, female, male, numbers 1-8, north, south, and yen. And I've also mastered the high pitched sounds of Harajuku storefront girls screaming 'shumimasen' (sp?), which is used for a number of things but most commonly just 'excuse me'.