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…

Visit These Top 10 Kyoto Temples for Free!

Perhaps, most of us are not followers of Buddhism or Shintoism. However, visiting shrines and temples is a good idea in Japan and all visitors are welcome, including non-Buddhist or Shinto followers. Visiting shrines or temples to see their beauty and unique construction will make us really sense the strong feeling of being in Japan.…

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…

What to Buy in Kyoto: 43 Souvenirs that Boast Tradition and Modernity

Kyoto is an amazing city, popular for its historic sights, friendly locals, and wonderful natural scenery. It is one of the most historically significant areas in the world and has been carefully preserved to give an insight into the history of Japan. It has around 20% of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and attracts visitors…

Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, One of Kyoto’s Largest Parks

The Kyoto-Gyoen National Garden is an essential part of Kyoto city. It is definitely one of the biggest (if not the biggest) parks in Kyoto. If you look at Kyoto’s map, you’ll notice that a huge rectangular green area that takes up a huge surface of the map and which lies in the middle of…
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