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 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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by / on March 4, 2015 at 10:03 PM / in Osaka, Out Of The Box, Sumo

Morning Training of Kasugano Sumo Stable!

Sumo morning practice at Hoshida Kaikan in Osaka: This coming Sunday, March 8th, the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament will be held in Osaka. All regional sumo stables arrive in Osaka a few weeks prior to the start of the tournament. A friend invited me to come and enjoy the morning practice sessions of the Kasugano Stable (春日野部屋). These practice sessions […]

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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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