Archive for April, 2012

Five Layer Cotton Gauze ‘Zen Master’ Bath Towel

Five Layer Cotton Gauze ‘Zen Master’ Bath Towel

I had been waiting for this to come out for awhile and it finally arrived this morning by special delivery. A friend of mine’s company, down in south Kyoto, where they brew all the sake, has been developing really nice futons, blankets and pajamas with a very interesting layered gauzy cotton fabric, that I think …

Kyoto Garden Tulips and Chabana After Morning Rain

Kyoto Garden Tulips and Chabana After Morning Rain

The last few weeks the tulips have been blooming in my little garden. This morning, after a night of heavy rain, I went out to have a look around and took a few photos. Elsewhere, in the garden the chabana ‘tea flowers’ are also blooming. Chabana are flowers that are used to decorate the tea …

Kyoto Soba Cuisine Restaurant Nicolas – Fruit Tomato Soba!

Kyoto Soba Cuisine Restaurant Nicolas – Fruit Tomato Soba!

I stopped in at Soba Ryori Nicolas (pronounced ‘nikola’ in Japanese) for lunch this afternoon and was impressed! I had the ’fruit tomato’ soba and the annindofu (Chinese almond jelly) with soba honey for dessert. The ‘fruit tomato’ is popular in Japan and is greenhouse grown with a minimum of water which produces a very …

Falling Sakura Petals at Myorenji Temple

Falling Sakura Petals at Myorenji Temple

Cherry blossoms only last a few days. They are blown away by the spring winds and washed away by spring downpours. Therefore, the sakura (cherry blossom) is one of the symbols of the samurai warrior – as they could lose their lives at any moment. Today, as I was on my way back from a …

Kyoto Kamo River View from Gojo Bridge

Kyoto Kamo River View from Gojo Bridge

After a day of rain, and my dinner, I was biking home and when I crossed the Gojo Bridge, I looked up the Kamo River and saw a great view of Mt Hiei shrouded in evening mist and clouds. The photo, taken with my phone doesn’t quite do it justice.

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