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 8, 2011 at 10:08 PM / in Places of interest

Sakura-Cherry blossom viewing! Best of the best 2011! Kyoto and Nara

Hanami (lit. “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms or ume blossoms. From the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan, and around the first of February on the island of Okinawa. The blossom forecast (sakurazensen, literally cherry blossom front) is […]

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by / on April 8, 2011 at 8:30 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Matsuri-Festival, Nara-City

Weeping Sakura in Himuro Shrine in Nara!

Yesterday me and my spouse went to Nara, our objective was to visit some famous world heritage sites and see some of the most beautiful Sakura blossoms. We were not to be disappointed, not only was a able to take some gorgeous shots, with my video camera I was able to take some breath taking footage! Amongst the shrines we […]

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by / on April 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Our Sunday Afternoon Visit to Chion-in (知恩院)!

Recently we took the time to visit the Gion district in Kyoto. Although we had been there several times before, we never had the opportunity to take video footage of the different sights. After going through the Yasaka shrine and Moriyama Park we found ourselves in front of the majestic gate of Chion-in, looming in front of us impressively. If […]

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by / on April 4, 2011 at 9:44 PM / in Arashiyama, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Arashiyama (Storm Mountain) is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan.

Togetsukyo Bridge: It was a lazy summer day when we visited the famous, picturesque Arashiyama. Although I had been there numerous times before, I always hold a fascination towards it because of its beauty. Undeniably, one of the most famous attractions in Arashiyama is the romantic Togetsukyo Bridge, also known as the Moon Crossing Bridge. This bridge is notable for […]

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by / on March 30, 2011 at 8:49 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Daigo-ji Temple, A World Heritage Site in Kyoto!

We decided to go there during winter so that it would be easy to take pictures. There were few visitors, and because the leaves had fallen off the trees, we could see the different temples easier. From walking through its beautiful gardens it’s easy to note that during the Cherry Blossom and the momiji season, this garden is of immense […]

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by / on March 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM / in Interesting Facts, Noh

The mystical world of Noh!

  Courtesy of Wikipedia: Noh, or Nogaku- derived from the Japanese word for “skill” or “talent” – is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Many characters are masked, with men playing male and female roles. Traditionally, a Noh ‘performance day’ lasts all day and consists of five Noh plays interspersed […]

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by / on March 23, 2011 at 9:20 PM / in Interesting Facts

Plum Blossom Viewing in Joyo, Kyoto, Japan, March 2011!

Plum blossom’s are the first sign of spring! Although still quite cold, the blossoms give hope, that winter is almost over and spring is on the horizon. The famous sakura blossoms arrive about 1 month later though. Joyo is famous for its plum trees and its Umeboshi (Pickled Plum), you can find them in all Obentos (Japanese lunch box). It […]

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