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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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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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