Out Of The Box

by / on November 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM / in Kyōto Gosho, Out Of The Box

Kyoto Imperial Palace!

Last week Thursday the 1st day of November the Kyoto Imperial Palace held its annual autumn open door event. It was a fine day and I took the opportunity to go for a visit. I wasn’t the only one with that idea though. The entrance was very busy and more and more groups where arriving in typical Japanese fashion, a […]

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by / on November 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM / in Featured, Gonaitei, Kyōto Gosho

Gonaitei Garden in Kyoto Goshou!

This is the Gonaitei Garden, it is the Emperor’s private garden. The meandering stream flowing through the garden is spanned by earthen, stone and wooden bridges. At the bottom right of the garden, there is a tea house called Kintai. See the other pictures of the Kyoto Imperial Palace here! The Emperor’s Private Garden: Gonaitei!

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by / on October 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM / in Kibune, Out Of The Box

Tamayori Hime Built Oku-no Miya in Kibune!

If you walk all the way up the Kibune Road, roughly about 200 meters or so, one of the original great yorishiro, you will see a great tree surrounded by a sacred rope called shimenawa. This pine tree is grown from a single root and is a Double trunk or twin trunked tree. It’s been said, it’s a symbol of […]

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by / on August 15, 2012 at 4:23 PM / in Cormorant Fishing, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Ukai (鵜飼い): Traditional Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama!

Cormorant fishing (Ukai) began almost 1300 years ago on the Nagare River in Gifu prefecture. Primarily catching ayu, or sweet fish, Ukai is a daily activity for 5 months of the year, and begins late in the evening. Ukai is protected by the Imperial Household Agency; the Ukai fishers on the Nagare River have been given the title of Cormorant […]

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by / on February 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM / in Gourmet, Out Of The Box, Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki: A Japanese Winter Delicacy!

The other day while out dining we choose Sukiyaki. It was a cold winters night and we where staying in a mountain lodge in the Yamashiro mountains. It’s one of my favorites and enjoyed with a cup of Nihon shuu, it’s hard to resist. The nice thing about it is that you can sit around the table, cook the vegies […]

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by / on January 31, 2012 at 5:04 PM / in Akame-shujuhachi-taki, Mie-ken, My Travels, Out Of The Box

Akame Shijuhachitaki Falls!

    Went to Akame Shijuhachitaki Falls (赤目四十八滝–Akame 48 Waterfalls) today…a definite out of the box adventure. Enjoyed the hike, onsen and local delicacies! Here’s a bit more about these waterfalls: Akame Shijuhachitaki Falls is a collective name for numerous big and small cascades in the valley of about 4km length, situated at the upstream of Taki River that flows at […]

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by / on January 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

Chushojima: Overflowing with Ancient Customs!

Chushojima, in Fushimi Ward – among the many interesting things that lurk among its roads, there are a few which I visited the other day. The first was, of course, Fushimi Castle, also known as Momoyama Castle or Fushimi-Momoyama Castle. Fushimi Castle is located on a hill, in other words a hilltop castle, which is known in Japanese as a […]

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