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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.…

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…

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…

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…

Shoren-in Temple: Tranquil By Day, Illuminating Beauty By Night

Since autumn season is coming to an end now in Japan, a seasonal event that is very common in Japan during that period is the visiting of night temples and the viewing of light shows. While temples and shrines are known to close by the end of the day (around 5pm), there is time during…

Remnants of Eden: Beautiful Kyoto in Japan

Of all the places I’ve traveled throughout Japan, no other place had me in awe as much as the city of Kyoto Japan. The reason behind this is simple. Japan itself is the epitome of the phrase “what you see is what you get.” If you’ve ever looked at an image of a place before…

Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto: Traditional Yet Enthralling

In the western suburbs of Kyoto, lies a villa with associated gardens and outbuildings. It is called Katsura Imperial Villa and is regarded as an important large-scale cultural treasure in Japan. It is a perfect example of the essence of traditional Japanese designs. The History Katsura is a district in Kyoto and it has long…

Experiencing Kyoto: A Geisha Makeover

Kyoto offers the avid traveller an array of different experiences both cultural and insightful. It is a city that moves forward with the progression of modern day society while managing to maintain its rich cultural past which can be seen in the many beautiful temples or the old wooden buildings that line a lot of…