Archive for April, 2009

Kula: Aloha Shirts Made from Vintage Silk Kimono

Kula: Aloha Shirts Made from Vintage Silk Kimono

Recently I met an entrepreneur born and bred in Kyoto but has a modern, international and novel approach to Japanese traditions such as the kimono and has recently started developing a new business based on this. He is making gorgeous Hawaiian aloha shirts from vintage silk kimono. Masaki Hitomi was the 3rd generation owner of …

Where to Buy Premium Sake in Kyoto

Where to Buy Premium Sake in Kyoto

Premium sake stores in Kyoto are surprisingly few. I highly recommend the sake in that requires refrigeration. This is called namazake, or fresh sake. Namazake is often unpasteurized and should not contain jozo alcohol (distilled brewing alcohol). Namazake is fresh and often surprisingly fruity in flavor and bouquet. Young Japanese often don’t like sake because …

Kyoto Bakeries: Le Petit Mec, Hunaudieres

Kyoto Bakeries: Le Petit Mec, Hunaudieres

The Challenge of Procuring Real Bread in Japan: Japanese bread is dreadful. Japanese sandwiches are dreadful. Japanese coffee is dreadful. Fortunately in Kyoto there are a few bakeries that make excellent bread. Le Petit Mec is my favorite and has two locations in Kyoto. Le Petit Mec has great bread, great sandwiches, great sweets and …

Kyoto Tibetan Restaurant Rangzen

Kyoto Tibetan Restaurant Rangzen

Rangzen is the only authentic Tibetan restaurant that I know of in Kyoto. It is located near the Kamo River, just west of the Marutamachi Bridge. Rangzen is small and quaint and serves real Tibetan style momos (Tibetan dumpling). The restaurant has nice vibes and lots of Tibetan cultural items decorating the interior. The owner …

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