Archive for August, 2009

Kyoto Best Cheap Eats: Marugame Udon Noodle Restaurant (500 yen)

Kyoto Best Cheap Eats: Marugame Udon Noodle Restaurant (500 yen)

Marugame Seimen is conveniently located in the bustling Sanjo-Kawaramachi neighborhood and offers Kyoto’s best cost performance for tasty, filling and healthy meals. Marugame serves udon noodle dishes and the udon is actually made fresh, right on the premises! No ‘Made in China’ and ‘Defrosted in Kyoto’ budget noodle dishes here! Marugame Seimen (丸亀製麺) is an …

Kyoto Daimonji Viewing Party at Hirosawa Pond

Kyoto Daimonji Viewing Party at Hirosawa Pond

Daimonji, or properly, Gozan-no-Okuribi is a very fascinating and unique ceremonial event that occurs every August 16 in Kyoto. Five mountain sides around the city, with six Chinese character and pictogram shaped bonfires are burned. This happens at the end of the Bon Festival and the fires are intended to send off the spirits of …

Kyoto Used Book Fair at Shimogamo Shrine – Summer

Kyoto Used Book Fair at Shimogamo Shrine – Summer

Even if you don’t read Japanese, you still might want to buy some Japanese books on your visit to Japan. Graphically oriented books in Japan are very beautifully illustrated and the content is well communicated, visually. If you are interested in the arts, culture, travel, or just a window into an exotic bygone era, Japanese …

Kyoto’s Gojo-Zaka Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Festival

Kyoto’s Gojo-Zaka Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Festival

This annual street market offers hundreds of pottery stores and stalls. Kyoto-style pottery is available at big discounts. Off the main street some pottery workshops are open their doors and you can meet and chat with the potters and see how Kyoto pottery is made. Kiyomizu Yaki is the famous pottery of the ancient capital. …

Beautifully Frightening: Kyoto Aloha Shirt Marker Pagong’s Haunted House PR Coup

Beautifully Frightening: Kyoto Aloha Shirt Marker Pagong’s Haunted House PR Coup

Why go to a haunted house in the summer? According to Japanese culture, there is a good reason. Recently a client from Walt Disney Imagineering was in town that is very interested in Japanese ghosts and haunted houses in general. He was in luck because there is a new haunted house in Kyoto. It is …

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