By gaijinchris

Finding the Ever-Elusive Geisha in Kyoto

When people think of Japan, one of the first things that comes to mind for a lot of people is of course Geisha. You know, the famously elegant Japanese ladies with their painted faces and flowing Kimonos. But many people don’t know where to look for them once they get to Japan. In most of…

Celebrating Kyoto’s Canal – Takasegawa Boat Festival!

Every year in September there is a small festival in Kyoto celebrating the Takasegawa canal, which runs north to south through the east of Kyoto. Takasegawa History Author’s photo The Takasegawa is an old canal running through the city, almost parallel to the Kamogawa river. Originally it was built in the Edo period as a…

Great Ways to Get Around Kyoto!

Kyoto is one of the world’s best cities for sightseeing with several famous spots scattered around the city, so knowing the best way to get around the city and its attractions is always important! Train There are a few different train lines running across Kyoto and they’re usually the easiest way to get around, as…

See a traditional archery competition in Kyoto

Every January in Kyoto since back to the 12th century there has been a Kyudo competition – “Toh shi ya” held in the grounds of Sanjusangendo temple, one of Kyoto’s famous tourist spots. Competition History Back in the day the competition was a pretty extreme event with a range of different categories. One thing that…

Make your own Pottery in Kyoto

The Gojozaka area in the East of Kyoto, near Kiyomizu temple has been famous for its pottery for hundreds of years with a huge number of little local pottery producers and tiny shops. If you walk the streets in the area, you’ll notice tables outside that look like no more than somebody’s home with tables…

Tips on How to Find an Apartment in Kyoto

Finding an apartment to move into as a foreigner in Japan can be a difficult and infuriating process at times! There are a lot of hurdles and a lot of tricky hoops to jump through, some of which can be just plain impossible. Typically, when you are looking to move into a new apartment the…

Insights on Teaching English in Japan: A Typical Workday

I’ve been living and working in Japan as an English instructor for a few years now and I really enjoy it, if you’re thinking of moving to Japan as a teacher with one of the big, private language schools you’re probably wondering, what’s the experience like day to day? Typical day With most schools, the…

Miyajima And the Floating Torii Gate, A Day Trip from Hiroshima

On an island just a short trip away from Hiroshima city, you can see one of the most iconic scenes in Japan, the Torii gate of the Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima Island (officially known as Itsukushima Island). The Torii gate is famous as it stands out on the beach and at high tide appears to…

Kyoto Tower, Majestic Landmark of Kyoto

The city of Kyoto is famous for being the old capital of Japan and for being the centre of tradition with hundreds of shrines and temples, geisha and maiko and world heritage sites. However, one of the biggest landmarks in Kyoto is from a much more recent time. View this post on Instagram A post…

Step Out of Busy Tokyo Life and Into an Edo Style Onsen Oasis

Tokyo is an amazing city but it can be rather hectic and if all the rushing around and the stresses of modern Tokyo life are getting you down, there’s a great way to step back in time and relax! If you take a ride on the monorail out to Odaiba, you can spend a day…