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!
Kyoto-Nara Dream Trips: Nukata Hydrangea Orchards on Mt.Ikoma, Osaka. &emdash; Nukata Hydrangea Orchards on Mt.Ikoma.
Kyoto-Nara Dream Trips: Hiking Mt.Tennōzan and exploring Yamazaki Town in Kyoto. &emdash; Hiking Mt.Tennōzan and exploring Yamazaki Town in Kyoto.
Kyoto-Nara Dream Trips: Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Cherry Blossom Party at Daigo-ji in Kyoto! &emdash; Hō-Taikō Hanami Gyōretsu in Daigo-ji, Kyoto.
Kyoto-Nara Dream Trips: Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Cherry Blossom Party at Daigo-ji in Kyoto! &emdash; Hō-Taikō Hanami Gyōretsu in Daigo-ji, Kyoto.
Kyoto-Nara Dream Trips: Morning Training of Kasugano Sumo Stable in Osaka! &emdash; Morning Training of Kasugano Sumo Stable!

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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 February 18, 2015 at 11:17 AM / in Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Kitano Tenman-gū, in Kyoto.

Kitano Tenman-gū: Many a times I have been to Kitano Tenman-gū in the northern part of Kyoto. Most Japanese people associate the shrine with Sugawara no Michizane (菅原道真) the scholar, poet, and politician of Japan’s Heian Period (794 to 1185). Michizane is perhaps also the most popular figure from Japanese history revered by students, who come here to pray for […]

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by / on February 13, 2015 at 1:25 PM / in Historical Events, History Today, Nakagyo-ku, Temples-Shrines

Shinsengumi and Kondō Isami in Kyoto.

Yagi Residence: When you walk from Shijō-Dōri (四条通), towards the Mibu-dera temple, on your right on Bōjō Dōri (坊城通), is the old Yagi Residence (八木邸). It is located a little off the main road and a colourful shop is in front. The Mibu area used to be a small farming village and the Yagi family had sushi status. Therefore they […]

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by / on January 22, 2015 at 6:37 PM / in Nishikyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

The Bamboo Palace of Princess Kaguya, in Kyoto.

Princess Kaguya’s Palace: Yesterday, while strolling around the bamboo forests of Nishiyama in Kyoto, I came across this odd looking entrance gate of Princess Kaguya’s palace in Kyoto. I was intrigued and was wondering what could be inside. The caretaker, a grandson of the original builder, told me the two structures are 100 years old and it took 27 years […]

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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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