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…

A Must-Visit in Kyoto: Goddess Kannon, the Central Deity of Sanjusangen-do

Sanjusangen-do is a popular temple building in Kyoto which was completed in 1164. It is officially known as ‘Rengeo-in’ or ‘Hall of the Lotus King’ which houses 1,001 human-sized statues of the goddess Kannon. Its temple hall is the longest wooden structure in Japanese history and measures around 120 meters. The temple has actually been…

Boost Your Karaoke Experience and Go Next Level with ’Boulkara’ in Kyoto!

Living in Japan, there are many options to choose from to prevent boredom, whether it’s activities with your family, friends or even alone – there is certainly plenty to do. Also, in Japan, many people tend to favor karaoke. jankara.ne.jp/ A simple play of words and very easy to understand, Boulkara is a mix of…

Take a Stroll Down Eerie ’Yokai Street’ and Greet the Monsters Along the Way

In Japanese folklore, a class of supernatural spirits and monsters is called “yokai.” It can also be called mononoke or mamono in other terms. These are often seen in the form of animals as well as humans or as inanimate objects with no specific shape. Most of these are dangerous but some are thought to…

3 Schools for Learning the Beautiful Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony is a distinctive cultural activity involving ceremony and green tea (matcha). It is also called the ‘Way of Tea’. There is a lot involved in a tea ceremony and is so much more than just sipping tea; it is aesthetic. It includes hospitality, confections, a light meal and gathering together (chakai). The…

Going to Kyoto? Don’t Miss the Historical Higashi Honganji Temple

The Higashi Honganji Temple, also known as the Eastern Temple of the Original Vow, is an active temple with a rich history in Kyoto. It was originally built in 1602 and was rebuilt in 1895 onward. It is dedicated to one of the two dominant sub-sects of Shin Buddhism, a school of Pure Land Buddhism.…

The Screen: A Beautiful Boutique Hotel in Kyoto

A new year means a new way of traveling and some new adventures. There will probably be many people going to Japan in 2016. To have the best accommodation, it is a good idea to seek a place with superb Japanese hospitality. One of these great accommodations is situated in Kyoto, the center of Japanese…

Visit “The Venice of Kyoto” – the Amazing Boat Houses of Ine

Japan has a somewhat secret destination located on the shore of Ine Bay in Kyoto Prefecture which you can never find being listed in guidebooks. It is lined by traditional wooden buildings built on water’s edge known as “Funaya” in Japanese. It is popularly known as “The Boat Houses of Ine”. There are about 230…

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…

4 Must-See Temples When Visiting Beautiful Kyoto

Kyoto, an old and ancient Japanese capital city, nowadays is a modern city, but still has a spirit of old times. Kyoto just has that spirit of something magnificent. Kyoto breathes history and tradition. From these old buildings we can see how old Japanese history is, and how powerful this city was. Kyoto have more…
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