Out Of The Box

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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by / on October 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM / in Blazing the Yamabushi Trail!, Kyoto-Fu, Out Of The Box, Wazuka-cho

Blazing the Yamabushi Trail!

Today we (October 11,2011) — my daughters and I — decided to try our hand at hiking Mt. Jyubu, which we visited a few days ago. Arriving there, we encountered a light rain, but undaunted, we decided to try trekking a bit to see what we were getting into — little did we know. The fee for entering Mt. Jyubu […]

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by / on October 12, 2011 at 9:16 PM / in Hikone, Hikone Castle, My Travels, Out Of The Box

Hikone Castle: Bastion of the Li Samurai Warriors!

Hikone Castle; one of only four original castles in Japan designated as a Special Place of Historical Interest in 1956, with an area of 0.25 square km, circumference of 4km, and height of 50m. Though at the beginning of the Meiji Era in 1868 it was scheduled to be dismantled, a request from the emperor himself after touring the grounds […]

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by / on October 6, 2011 at 9:39 AM / in Hiking, Kyoto, Kyoto-Fu, Out Of The Box, Sōraku County, Wazuka-cho

Kontai-ji Temple on Jyubu Mountain in Kyoto Prefecture!

Today I went on an ‘out of the box’ adventure to  in Kyoto on Mount Jyubu near Wazuka-cho in Soraku-gun. Relying heavily on the help of i-pad navigation, we arrived at Mount Jyubu, and as my daughter will testify, the road winding up the 685 meter high mountain was full of fear and excitement (mainly fear on her part). Parking […]

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