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 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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by / on July 23, 2015 at 6:24 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Out Of The Box

Kimono Fashion Show at Nishijin Center in Kyoto.

Nishijin Textile Center: Perhaps, Kyoto is most remembered for its World Heritage sites of Shrines, temples and gardens and it’s weaving technique is praised amongst the world’s finest. It stands to reason that the old capital of the Heian period was in need of master weavers to satisfy the needs of its aristocrats. There is still an area of Kyoto […]

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by / on July 6, 2015 at 4:07 PM / in Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Nagoshi-no-Harae at Kifune Shrine in Kyoto.

Summer Purification at Kifune shrine in Kyoto: The annual Nagoshi-no-harae (夏越の祓) or “Summer Purification” is celebrated at the end of the first 6 months of the year. Thus June 30th is a day when many people all over Japan visit a shrine to purify themselves from misdeeds and impurities. Most shrines set up a “chinowa” wreath and after a small […]

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by / on June 25, 2015 at 10:52 PM / in Hydrangea-Ajisai, Matsuri-Festival, My Travels, Osaka

Nukata Hydrangea Orchards on Mt.Ikoma, Osaka.

Hydrangea-Rainy Season-Kansai: The rainy season is in full swing in the Kansai area and favourite past-time is viewing the Hydrangea or Ajisai as they are called in Japanese. In Kyoto there are quiet a few outstanding spots such as Fujinomori Shrine, Mimuroto-ji Temple in Uji and Sanzen-in Temple in Ohara. I have been to all those before so I was […]

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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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