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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 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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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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