Archive for March, 2013

Kyoto Aritsugu Knife Brand Article for Travel Magazine Afisha Mir

Kyoto Aritsugu Knife Brand Article for Travel Magazine Afisha Mir

Kyoto photographer Kosuke Okuda and I teamed up to do an article for the Russian travel magazine Afisha Mir (Афиша-Мир). I just got a PDF of the article — hot off the server! In the article I introduced the long history of Aritsugu which was founded in 1560. Aritsugu is one of the most famous …

Kimchi Chahan Fried Rice Garnished with Chirimen Jako and Mayonnaise

Kimchi Chahan Fried Rice Garnished with Chirimen Jako and Mayonnaise

I like fried rice, but I don’t make it very often. I guess because I never got good at making it. Well, a few months ago I decided that had to change. I love kimche and I love Japanese beef. I also love my homemade smoked habanero and jalapeno peppers. So, I decided to develop …

A Friendly Face in Nishijin

A Friendly Face in Nishijin

I found this guy perched on one roof whilst wandering around my neighbourhood of Nishijin. He is a Shoki-san: a full-bellied, sword-wielding demon-queller god originating from Tang China. Shoki figures are particularly unique to Kyoto. It is said the custom of placing Shoki-san on roofs started in the Edo Period. The story goes that a …

Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatoro

Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatoro

I just went to the Higashiyama Hanatoro. There was the highly-anticipated projection mapping of Chion-in Temple , a National Treasure of Japan, which is well-worth seeing despite the long queues. I also stumbled across the popular “Kitsune no Yomeiri” (lit. The Foxes’ Wedding) event. It was like a paparazzi-fest and, with so many flashes going …

A Stroll in Arashiyama

A Stroll in Arashiyama

The other day I went to Arashiyama, a major tourist spot in western Kyoto. Famous for its bamboo groves, you can find some fantastic views here. I took the opportunity to visit Nonomiya Shrine, a shrine that brings luck in love, and Kuramazaki Shrine, for performing artists/celebrities. It is very easy to get around the …

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