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 Our guided tours are conducted by licensed Japanese guides. Languages supported are English and Spanish.

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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by / on February 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM / in Facts about Kyoto!, Interesting Facts

Kyoto, history and personal experience!

My experience: For the past 16 years I have been living in Kyoto and it has been a wonderful experience. Kyoto is not too big compared to Tokyo or Osaka, and it’s a nice place to live. Because of its stature as a cultural capital, and therefore visited by many people, the city does its best to keep the city […]

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by / on February 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM / in Out Of The Box

Kabuki Theater and Plays General Info.

Although I have never been to a kabuki play, would like to.., this type of art is part of Kyoto culture and as such has a place on my blog. I hope you enjoy reading the intricacies of this fascinating play. Content is taken from Wikipedia. Please enjoy the YouTube clips I found to give you an idea what it […]

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by / on February 22, 2011 at 6:32 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Temples-Shrines

Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto, Japan.

Fushimi Inari Taisha: (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. The shrine is said to have 32,000 sub-shrines – bunsha – throughout Japan. We went to Fushimi Inari a day before Setsubun when it was sunny and there weren’t too many people – a perfect day for temple-seeing. There are two ways to get into the […]

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by / on February 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM / in Featured, Kyoto WH, Sakyō-ku, Shimogamo Jinja, Temples-Shrines

Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto: Founded in the 6th Century!

We visited Shimogamo Shrine on the same day as we did Kamigamo, since they both had festivals and are twin temples. The shrine is situated slightly more down towards the city in a beautiful forest with majestic trees that would make you think it would be an enjoyable place to visit in the summer. There is a torii leading to […]

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by / on February 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM / in Kamigamo Jinja, Kita-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Kamigamo Shrine: A World Heritage Site in Kyoto!

On the day that we went to Kamigamo shrine there happened to be the added bonus of a bustling flea market which comes every Sunday. This added extra ambiance to our visit, as there were lots of people. Being still January, it was cold, and there was some snow on the roofs of the temples. Kamigamo is situated in the […]

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