Kyoto-Nara Dream Trips: White Heron Castle of Himeji, A World Heritage. &emdash; White Heron Castle of Himeji.
Kyoto-Nara Dream Trips: Hanase no Matsuage, A Fire Festival in Kyoto. &emdash; Hanase no Matsuage, A Fire Festival in Kyoto.
Kyoto-Nara Dream Trips: Kimono Show at the Nishijin Textile Center (西陣織会館‎) in Kyoto! &emdash; Kimono Show at the Nishijin Textile Center (西陣織会館‎) in Kyoto!

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by / on May 12, 2016 at 9:46 PM / in Nara Ken, Nara-City, Uncategorized

Byakugō-ji: Treasures on Mt. Takamado in Nara City.

Byakugō-ji history and quick facts: Byakugō-ji-ji (白毫寺), a Buddhist temple situated at the foot of Mt. Takamado, in Nara City, Japan. It is believed to have been originally built as the villa of Prince Shiki (志貴皇子), the father of Emperor Kōnin (光仁天皇), and a famous poet from the 7th to 8th century. Prince Shiki’s father was the 38th Emperor of […]

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by / on May 10, 2016 at 6:45 PM / in Nara Ken, Nara-City

Shin-Yakushi-ji, Built by Empress Kōmyō in 747.

Shin-Yakushi-ji: A few days ago, while visiting Kasuga Taisha in Nara, I dropped by the Shin-Yakushi-ji (新薬師寺) temple. Shin-Yakushi-ji is famous for Yakushi Nyorai (薬師如来) statue. Yakushi Nyorai is surrounded by a group of Twelve Divine Generals. According to records at Tōdai-ji, Shin-Yakushi-ji was founded in March 747 as Kōyaku-ji (香薬寺) by Empress Kōmyō (光明皇后 – 701–760) wishing for the […]

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by / on April 15, 2016 at 10:49 PM / in Temples-Shrines, Uji City

Uji River Steeped in History, Uji City, Kyoto.

Uji River, Cherry Blossoms and Heike Monogatari: Uji City is a town not so far from Kyoto and steeped in history. Recently, I visit Byōdō-in (平等院) and afterwards strode along the Uji River. The Ajirogi-no-michi (あじろぎの道) is a walking path along the Uji River and is lined with sakura trees. During the summer months, cormorant fishing is the high lite of […]

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by / on April 13, 2016 at 4:06 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Toyotomi Hideyoshi ’s Mausoleum in Kyoto.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Mausoleum of A Warlord: Toyotomi Hideyoshi and my journey to his mausoleum. Today (Sunday April 10th), I explored a part of Kyoto that has been to my “to see list” for quite some time. So I hiked up to Amidagamine Mountain (阿弥陀ヶ峰) to visit the mausoleum of famous warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), who unified Japan in the […]

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by / on September 8, 2015 at 7:13 PM / in Gourmet, Out Of The Box, Uji City

Yakiniku at Kaiun-tei in Uji, Kyoto.

In search of a Yakiniku: It has been raining in Kyoto for the past several days and a typhoon is on its way, Etau is number 18. The summer heat has sub-sided and with it the quest for eating warmer tasting foods. Todays lunch choice was Yakiniku (焼き肉) as we set out to find a suitable diner near where we […]

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by / on June 18, 2015 at 10:07 PM / in Hokkaido

Exploring lake Tōya in Hokkaido!

Off to lake Tōya in Hokkaido: A few days ago, I went on a small holiday with my wife to Hokkaido. In Kyoto the rainy season had started and the weather was hot and humid. From Kansai International Airport it’s just a 2 hour flight to the New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港). We had rented a car and set out to […]

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by / on April 28, 2015 at 8:36 PM / in Hiking, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

Hiking Mt.Tennōzan in Yamazaki Town,Kyoto.

Exploring Mt.Tennōzan and Yamazaki Town: Today, (Saturday April 24th), was such a fine spring day here in Kyoto, I decided to cycle to Yamazaki town at the base of Mt.Tennōzan (天王山) in Kyoto Prefecture. Mt.Tennōzan and surrounding area are steeped in Japanese history, most notably the Battle of Yamazaki (山崎の戦い) in 1582. In the “Honnō-ji Incident” Akechi Mitsuhide (明智 光秀), […]

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