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by / on February 22, 2015 at 4:57 PM / in Gourmet, Sakyō-ku

Kyoto-style Ramen Restaurant: Chin’yū.

Chin’yū’s Chinese Soba: Chin’yū (珍遊) is a Kyoto-style ramen restaurant that is famous for its rich broth. There are always many people lining up during lunch time, it’s quite normal to see 30 or more hungry ramen lovers lining up. I went to the main store after lunch time and skipped the waiting part. There is another store near the […]

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by / on December 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM / in Gourmet, Out Of The Box

Tororo Soba in Rural Kizugawa County.

A few days ago, I went to the Kizugawa era of Kyoto to enjoy the autumn leaves and shoot some pictures. It was a very nice, sunny day and our first destination was the town of Kasagi and the Kasagi-dera on Mt.Kasagi in Sōraku-gun, Kyoto-fu. It involved quite a bit of hiking on this famous historical mountain and climbing over, […]

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by / on November 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM / in Out Of The Box

La Japonaise by Monet in Kyoto!

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and “La Japonaise”: On a windy, blustering day, my daughter and I visited an exhibition on Japonism at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. Japonism is, as described on Wikipedia, the influence of Japanese art, fashion, and aesthetics on Western culture; particularly, in this case, referring to impressionist art in the 19th century. The centrepiece […]

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by / on September 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM / in Kamigamo Jinja, Kita-ku, Temples-Shrines, World Heritage

Karasu Sumō at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto!

Chrysanthemum Festival: On September 9, or the 9th day of the 9th month, is a special day for the Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto. They hold the annual “chōyō no sekku” (重陽) or Chrysanthemum Festival. After the Chrysanthemum ceremony in the main shrine, a priest holding a bow and arrow near the sand mounds, called “tatezuna”, in front of the Hosodono […]

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by / on September 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Senbon Shaka-dō, The Oldest Buddhist Hall in Kyoto!

Senbon Shaka-dō: A few days ago I visited the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple or Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kamigyo-ku ward of Kyoto. In my previous post the Reihōkan (霊宝殿) or treasure house was the focus. If you did not have a chance to take a look at the many artefacts and descriptions, you can do so by following this link: Buddhist […]

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by / on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines, Uncategorized

Buddhist Artefacts at the Senbon Shaka-dō in Kyoto.

Senbon Shaka-dō Temple: A few days ago, I visited the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) or Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kamigyo-ku ward of Kyoto. The Senbon Shaka-dō Temple was founded in 1227 and the main hall is the oldest structure in Kyoto. Reihōkan Treasure House: The Reihōkan, of Senbon Shaka-dō, is one of Kyoto’s finest treasure halls. Inside the Reihōkan treasure house […]

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by / on August 11, 2014 at 12:52 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara World Heritage, World Heritage

“Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill.

“Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill: A few days ago, I received my very own copy of “Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill, a British citizen living in Kyoto for a good many years. John has written many books about Japanese tradition, culture and religion, and this one is my favourite. This book covers all World Heritage sites […]

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