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Kyoto Used Book Fair at Chion-ji Temple – Autumn

Kyoto Used Book Fair at Chion-ji Temple – Autumn

The Autumn Used Book Fair (Aki-no-Furuhon Matsuri) in Kyoto takes place every year at Chion-ji Temple from October 30th to November 3rd. This is one of the three annual secondhand book fairs in Kyoto and takes place on the grounds of an historic temple. There are about 200,000 used and rare book on hand and …

Kyoto Daimonji Viewing Party at Hirosawa Pond

Kyoto Daimonji Viewing Party at Hirosawa Pond

Daimonji, or properly, Gozan-no-Okuribi is a very fascinating and unique ceremonial event that occurs every August 16 in Kyoto. Five mountain sides around the city, with six Chinese character and pictogram shaped bonfires are burned. This happens at the end of the Bon Festival and the fires are intended to send off the spirits of …

Kyoto Used Book Fair at Shimogamo Shrine – Summer

Kyoto Used Book Fair at Shimogamo Shrine – Summer

Even if you don’t read Japanese, you still might want to buy some Japanese books on your visit to Japan. Graphically oriented books in Japan are very beautifully illustrated and the content is well communicated, visually. If you are interested in the arts, culture, travel, or just a window into an exotic bygone era, Japanese …

Kyoto’s Gojo-Zaka Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Festival

Kyoto’s Gojo-Zaka Kiyomizu-yaki Pottery Festival

This annual street market offers hundreds of pottery stores and stalls. Kyoto-style pottery is available at big discounts. Off the main street some pottery workshops are open their doors and you can meet and chat with the potters and see how Kyoto pottery is made. Kiyomizu Yaki is the famous pottery of the ancient capital. …

Alternative to Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market: Kyoto Wholesale Food Market

Alternative to Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market: Kyoto Wholesale Food Market

For most tourists that visit Japan, the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo is high on their list of places to go and experience. Tsukiji is indeed excellent but it is getting harder and harder experience as parts are now closed to the public. The ‘undiscovered’ Kyoto Central Wholesale Food Market is a great alternative to …

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