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Experience Japanese Green Tea Flavors at This Matcha-Themed Buffet in Kyoto

Many foreigners would like the opportunity to try Japanese green tea and matcha (抹茶) when they visit Japan. As a nationally popular ingredient and a large part of Japanese food culture, matcha and green tea have been loved since the 8th century. Did you know there is an event in Kyoto where you can try…

5 of the Most Anticipated Japanese Festivals to Watch Out for in Kyoto

Kyoto (京都) is the perfect destination to experience different festivals during varying seasons in Japan. It is also one of the places each tourist should visit when visiting the country. It is quieter and quainter than other cities in the country and is surrounded by very rich culture and tradition. If you plan to visit…

Check the Lights and Sounds at the Summer 2016 Kyoto Light Festival!

With a number of festivals occurring in Japan every year, not everyone can keep count of all the glorious events. Whether big or small, Japanese festivals are one of the things to look forward to in every region that makes the event worthwhile. asobii.net/ Kyoto, one of the most visited cities in Japan, will be…

Come to Kyoto in April to See the Beautiful Geisha Dance

Japan’s geisha have a well-known reputation around the world as entertainers who are competent artists of many art forms. However, in the past, it wasn’t often that foreigners got to see them perform. They were only seen performing at small places such as tea houses, but this is no longer the case now. Kyoto’s geisha…

Experience the Famous Stars and Fire Rites Traditional Festival in Kyoto this February!

Every year on February 11 in Yamashina of Eastern Kyoto, a festival of destiny and good luck occurs with the blessings of Buddha. It is a procession style festival with bonfires and exhibitions filling the air of Yamashina with excitement. Agon Shu flickr.com/ ‘Hoshi’ is Japanese for ‘Star’. In the context of this festival, it…

Experience a Geisha Tea Ceremony and Plum Blossom Festival in Kyoto!

Early spring in Japan is the season of Plums, where plum flowers can be seen blossoming everywhere around the end of February. Many people flock to plum viewing areas to enjoy the best views, picnics and celebrations. Let’s have a look at this unique Baika-sai Matsuri festival dedicated to plums held in Kitano Tenmangu shrine…

Okera-Mairi: Keep the Flame Lit and Have Good Health in the New Year!

Before the first day of New Year, many people visit Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto to pray for good health for the entire upcoming year. This is a traditional year-end festival held from 7 pm of December 31st through 5 am of January 1st. A large number of people attend the event and some bring home…

Gion Odori, Traditional Japanese Autumn Dance of Geisha

One of the traditional dances you can enjoy in Kyoto during the fall season is Gion Odori. Odori means dance, while Gion is a very popular Geisha district in Kyoto. In fact, in the novel Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, most of the settings take place in Gion. kyoto-seikakumiai.com/ Gion Odori is an…

Appreciate the History and Beauty of Kyoto at these 3 Events

Kyoto is, undeniably, a popular tourist destination in Japan. It used to be the capital and the Emperor’s residence a long time ago. It is located in a valley, which is part of the Yamashiro Basin, in the eastern part of the Tamba highlands. There are numerous temples and shrines which have been preserved until…

Mifune Matsuri: A Festival on the Water

Japan has numerous festivals throughout the year with many spectators, both locally and internationally. But have you ever seen a festival done on the water? This particular festival is called, “Mifune Matsuri,” which literally means “festival of three boats.” This festival is believed to have originated in 1928, but its atmosphere is that of the…
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