The town mouse and I decided to go during a holiday, as she works seven days a week and I six, so it is really rare to have time off together, especially in the mornings or afternoons. On the day we made our appointment, I also got to see a friend of mine I hadn't seen in over two years- it was so great to see her again and get caught up. She'll be in Kyoto for the foreseeable future as well now, so maybe I'll need to come up with a nickname for her and my Nagoya friend on here as well. ;-)
We walked our friend to Heian Jingu to see the cherry blossoms after lunch, and then hopped a train to Yamashina, where the farm Momota Nouen is. The fee isn't terrible, but I would suggest bringing your own dipping sauces if you like them, since you only get 1oz of condensed milk with the fee. The strawberries were really good though, and we were able to buy an entire box of strawberries for only 1,000 yen ($10~11 US). The strawberries were an omiyage (thanking gift) for Sensei's wife, who had been helping a lot with the admin of the school while Sensei was recovering from stomach cancer (speaking of which, he's doing awesome!)
Now that I've had my fill of strawberries, next up is peaches in the summer! I'm looking forward to it!!