Archive for January, 2011

by / on January 31, 2011 at 4:34 PM / in Kinkaku-ji, Kita-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Kinkaku-ji: Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu’s Villa!

Going to Kinkaku-ji recently in late autumn was a feast for the eyes. Although the momiji season was running at its end, there was still beauty in the landscape. After arriving at the parking grounds (huge) we followed the many visitors towards the temple. We entered a walkway bordered of with trees and on our left was a wooden construction […]

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by / on January 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Sanbō-in Garden, Temples-Shrines

Sanbō-in Garden in Daigo-ji, Kyoto.

Although it was winter when we visited the garden of Sanbō-in, it was obvious that a warmer climate, such as spring or autumn, would have been a better time to visit. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful and peaceful garden with small nooks and crannies from which to enjoy the calm and serenity of the moment. One can almost imagine what […]

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by / on January 25, 2011 at 10:53 AM / in Byodo - in Temple, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines, Uji City

Byōdō-in Temple in Uji City!

Our Visit to Byōdō-in (平等院) Temple! We visited Byōdō-in (平等院) on a beautiful autumn day – so warm that we didn’t even need our jackets. Byodo-in is located in Uji; a suburb of Kyoto surrounded by several important world heritage sites. Among them are Ujigami-jinya, a world heritage site, and Mimuroto-ji, with its beautiful garden and pagoda.  Off the famous […]

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by / on January 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM / in Kyoto WH, Nijo - jo Castle

Nijō Castle: Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Residence in Kyoto!

History: In 1601, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ordered all the feudal lords in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of Nijō Castle, which was completed during the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1626. Parts of Fushimi Castle, such as the main tower and the karamon, were moved here in 1625-26.[1] It was built as the […]

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by / on January 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto!

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺?), officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺?) is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site.[1] (It should not be confused with Kiyomizu-dera in Yasugi, Shimane, which is part of the 33-temple route of the Chūgoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage through western Japan.)

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by / on January 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM / in Horyu-ji temple, Nara WH

Hōryū-ji Temple in Nara!

Hōryū-ji Temple (lit. Temple of the Flourishing Law) is a Buddhist temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Its full name is Hōryū Gakumonji, or Learning Temple of the Flourishing Law, the complex serving as seminary and monastery both. Hōryū-ji Temple’s pagoda is widely acknowledged to be one of the oldest wooden buildings existing in the world, underscoring Hōryū-ji Temple’s place as […]

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by / on January 12, 2011 at 9:41 PM / in Gourmet, Out Of The Box, Ramen

Ramen, Japans most popular dish!

Ramen: is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of […]

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