Archive for May, 2012

Trip to Tango, Kyoto’s Seaside

Trip to Tango, Kyoto’s Seaside

Today I went to Tango, the region on the Japan Sea side of Kyoto prefecture. There is some great sightseeing and seafood to be enjoyed in Tango, but I was on a day trip to meet some new weaving and dyeing companies. Traditionally, Tango is where kimono and obi sash companies in Kyoto city did …

Kyoto Shrine: Demachi Myo-on Bezaiten

Kyoto Shrine: Demachi Myo-on Bezaiten

I was wandering home late last night and stopped in at one of my favorite little shrines in Kyoto. This one is called, Myo-on Bezaiten and is located on the West side of the Kamo River in the Demachiyanagi neighborhood. Benzaiten is the Japanese name for the Hindu goddess, Saraswati. She has become a part …

Shimogamo Shrine: Painter in the Tadasu-no-Mori Forest

Shimogamo Shrine: Painter in the Tadasu-no-Mori Forest

This morning, while I was biking home, I passed through the ‘Tadasu-no-Mori’ Forest, on the grounds of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shimogamo Shrine. This is the area of the Shrine where the Yabusame, a mounted archery ceremony, is performed in association with Kyoto’s spring time Aoi Matsuri Festival. Up ahead of me, I noticed a …

Shiga Sake: Dokan Wataribune Junmai Nama Genshu Sake

Shiga Sake: Dokan Wataribune Junmai Nama Genshu Sake

I am a fan of Japanese sake from Shiga prefecture, which is just over the mountain from Kyoto. The ward of Kyoto called Fushimi, in the south of the city, is the second largest sake producing region in Japan. While Fushimi has the perfect water and Kyoto’s millennia culinary culture, it ought to be producing …

Kyoto Bakery: Oreno Pan’s Maccha Melon Pan

Kyoto Bakery: Oreno Pan’s Maccha Melon Pan

This morning I stopped by Oreno Pan, a bakery owned by Kyoto chef Naoki Okumura of Restaurant Okumura, Gion Okumura and Takumi Okumura. I love Oreno’s maccha flavored ‘melon pan‘ (melon bread) and got one for my breakfast.

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