Articles by: Hugo
I was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and enjoyed my teenage years during the peak of the "Flower Power Hippie" generation. I hitchhiked through Europe, living on a beach south of Agadir, Morocco for some time to learn English. For most of my adult life, I was a public relations representative for a Christian NGO in the Benelux area. Aside from Japan, I have lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Singapore, just to name a few. I love baking things such as bread, pies, and fruit cakes, and am an avid Blues lover; some of my favorite artists are B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I enjoy a good movie with a glass of wine or a Belgian Trappist and some Roquefort blue cheese. Since September 2012 I have been an honorary member of the " Kyoto Guide Club". I have been living in Japan for almost 25 years; 5 years in Tokyo, and then 20 years here, in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. My aim is to provide information about this extraordinary city to the future traveler. If you have any questions related to Kyoto or Nara, don't hesitate to drop me a line. We offer guided tours in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. For info please email me at info@kyotodreamtrips.com. Our guided tours are conducted by licensed Japanese guides. Languages supported are English and Spanish.

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 February 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Rozan-ji Setsubun Demon Dance in Kyoto City!

Rozan-ji Setsubun 2016 in Kyoto City: Rozan-ji Setsubun matsuri is held on February the 3rd in kyoto City. Spring is welcomed with a ritual called “Setsubun”. The Rozan-ji Setsubun matsuri “Demon Dance” is one of the most famous and unique Setsubun ceremonies in Kyoto. It was a cold gray day here in Kyoto and many people started to gather at Rozan-ji […]

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by / on February 4, 2016 at 6:37 PM / in Kyoto-Fu, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Yawata

Demons at Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū in Yawata, Kyoto.

Driving out Demons” matsuri, My journey: Driving out Demons: last Sunday, January 31st, was a beautiful sunny winters day here in Kyoto. It was also the start of the setsubun (節分) matsuri season, different events will be held on February second and third. Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū (石清水八幡宮) in Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture is holding their annual Oni yarai hito (鬼やらい人) or […]

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by / on September 27, 2015 at 4:49 PM / in Hyōgo, My Travels, Out Of The Box

47 Ronin: the Epic Tale of Loyalty!

47 Ronin Warriors and Akō City: 47 Ronin Warriors: after visiting Himeji castle and spending a wonderful evening along the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海), I visited the Akōōishi Shrine (赤穂大石神社) and the 47 Ronin Warriors (四十七士). The entrance to the shrine is lined with statues of these Lordless samurai. Inside the shrine is a small museum and along the outside […]

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by / on September 23, 2015 at 5:23 PM / in Hyōgo, My Travels

Himeji Castle aka “The White Heron Castle”.

Visiting Himeji Castle: In August of this year (2015), I visited Himeji Castle (姫路城) also called the White Heron Castle (白鷺城), in Himeji City (姫路市). Founded in 1333, when a fort was constructed on Himeyama hill by Akamatsu Norimura, the ruler of the ancient Harima Province. Akamatsu Norimura (赤松 則村, 1277 – February 18, 1350) was a Japanese samurai of […]

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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-Japan!

Yakiniku: In search of It has been raining in Kyoto for the past several days and a typhoon is on its way, it 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 live. We […]

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by / on August 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM / in Obon, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines, Uncategorized

Hanase no Matsuage, A Fire Festival in Kyoto.

Obon in Kyoto: August, in Kyoto and Japan, is one of the hottest months of the year. Towards the middle of the month the Obon festival (お盆) is held and many people have some days off. In Kyoto the famous Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火) is the highlight of this festival when the five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding […]

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