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!
Kyoto-Nara Dream Trips: Nukata Hydrangea Orchards on Mt.Ikoma, Osaka. &emdash; Nukata Hydrangea Orchards on Mt.Ikoma.

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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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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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