Out Of The Box

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 April 28, 2015 at 8:36 PM / in Hiking, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

Hiking Mt.Tennōzan in Yamazaki Town,Kyoto.

Exploring Mt.Tennōzan and Yamazaki Town: Today, (Saturday April 24th), was such a fine spring day here in Kyoto, I decided to cycle to Yamazaki town at the base of Mt.Tennōzan (天王山) in Kyoto Prefecture. Mt.Tennōzan and surrounding area are steeped in Japanese history, most notably the Battle of Yamazaki (山崎の戦い) in 1582. In the “Honnō-ji Incident” Akechi Mitsuhide (明智 光秀), […]

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by / on March 4, 2015 at 10:03 PM / in Osaka, Out Of The Box, Sumo

Morning Training of Kasugano Sumo Stable!

Sumo morning practice at Hoshida Kaikan in Osaka: This coming Sunday, March 8th, the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament will be held in Osaka. All regional sumo stables arrive in Osaka a few weeks prior to the start of the tournament. A friend invited me to come and enjoy the morning practice sessions of the Kasugano Stable (春日野部屋). These practice sessions […]

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by / on December 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM / in Gourmet, Out Of The Box

Tororo Soba in Rural Kizugawa County.

A few days ago, I went to the Kizugawa era of Kyoto to enjoy the autumn leaves and shoot some pictures. It was a very nice, sunny day and our first destination was the town of Kasagi and the Kasagi-dera on Mt.Kasagi in Sōraku-gun, Kyoto-fu. It involved quite a bit of hiking on this famous historical mountain and climbing over, […]

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by / on November 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM / in Out Of The Box

La Japonaise by Monet in Kyoto!

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and “La Japonaise”: On a windy, blustering day, my daughter and I visited an exhibition on Japonism at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. Japonism is, as described on Wikipedia, the influence of Japanese art, fashion, and aesthetics on Western culture; particularly, in this case, referring to impressionist art in the 19th century. The centrepiece […]

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by / on January 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

“Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage at Ho-on-in,Kyoto!

“Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage at Ho-on-in (法音院): This is the seventh and last stop of the “Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage at Ho-on-in (法音院) a sub temple of the Sennyū-ji Temple complex (泉涌寺) in Kyoto! The deity that is enshrined here is Jurōjin (寿老人) one of the “Seven Lucky Gods”. Who is Jurōjin (寿老人): Jurōjin, according to Wikipedia is “is the […]

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by / on January 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

Trotting along the “Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage: Hiden-in (悲田院)!

Moving on from Sennyū-ji Temple, we skipped Unryu-in (雲龍院) which is the fifth stop of the “Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage. The grouped I was with didn’t have time anymore to go there, so we moved on to the Hiden-in (悲田院), the sixth stop and a short walk away. Hiden-in (悲田院) is also a sub temple of the Sennyū-ji Temple complex […]

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