Archive for February, 2013

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine Plum Blossoms – Spring 2013

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine Plum Blossoms – Spring 2013

Japanese love sakura (cherry) blossoms, which I fine, but I think I prefer the ume (plum) blossoms. Ume bloom in late winter and signal the coming of spring. If you are fortunate, you can view the plum blossoms in snow. Snow doesn’t accumulate so often in Kyoto but I have seen this several times. One …

I Got a New Camera! — Canon EOS-60D

I Got a New Camera! — Canon EOS-60D

I have been taking a lot of photos recently and I decided it was time to get a new camera. I consulted Kyoto photographer, Kosuke Okuda and decided on a Canon EOS-60D.

Enmusubi-Jinja: Kyoto Jishu-jinja ‘Love’ Shrine

Enmusubi-Jinja: Kyoto Jishu-jinja ‘Love’ Shrine

In Japan there is a kind of Shinto shrine called Enmusubi, dedicated to love and relationships. In Kyoto, perhaps the most famous Enmusubi Shrine is Jishu-jinja Shrine, near Kiyomizu Temple. Recently, I visited this shrine with a friend wanted to pray for success in her love life. As is custom at the shrine, we walked …

Kyoto Italian Restaurant: La Mano di Marco

Kyoto Italian Restaurant: La Mano di Marco

An interesting little Italian restaurant in the Kyoto Gosho Imperial Palace neighborhood caught my eye way back last year when it opened and I finally stopped in for lunch today and enjoyed it quite a bit. The owner — I am assuming — is named Marco and is Italian. And you know what that means: …

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