Archive for March, 2012

Kyoto Soba Cuisine: Soba no Mi Yoshimura

Kyoto Soba Cuisine: Soba no Mi Yoshimura

Great soba cuisine – not just noodles, an imaginative menu, all at a reasonable price and in the center of Kyoto. Score! Recently, I have been looking for a good soba restaurant in Kyoto that is new to me — something that offers more than just noodles. I tried several recommendations in Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, …

Kyoto Fuka Fu Manju

Kyoto Fuka Fu Manju

After partaking in some fine sake enjoyed with fine company at Madoka, the proprietor gave me a box of fu manju, a kind of Kyoto wagashi made from raw wheat gluten filled with sweet bean paste wrapped in sasa bamboo leaf. This delicacy comes from Madoka’s parent company, Fuka, a long established purveyor of fu (wheat …

Kyoto Sake Bar Madoka — CLOSED

Kyoto Sake Bar Madoka — CLOSED

Sadly, Madoka is now closed. I visited a sake bar in Kyoto that was new to me called Madoka (欒 まどか). Madoka is located just north of Nishiki Market on Sakaimachi-dori Street. Madoka is a sophisticated and elegant sake bar for grownups, in the heart of Kyoto and is situated in an old Kyoto ‘machiya’ …

Kyoto Costume Museum – Reopening Preparations

Kyoto Costume Museum – Reopening Preparations

The Kyoto Costume Museum (風俗博物館) was closed for a year and it reopens on April 1, 2012. I got a peek today as the staff was making the final preparations to reopen. The museum is on the 5th floor of the Izutsu Hoiten Building (a company that sells Buddhist priest robes), across the street from …

Museum of Kyoto Hokusai Exhibition – Closed for Fire

Museum of Kyoto Hokusai Exhibition – Closed for Fire

I L-O-V-E Hokusai. I regretted waiting until the very last day of the exhibition to go see the current exhibition at the Museum of Kyoto. It was a strange thing as I neared the museum, parking my bicycle on Sanjo Street, a few blocks from the museum. It was a cold day, with intermittent snow …

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