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Kyoto’s Ghost Candy Shop

Kyoto’s Ghost Candy Shop

In Japan, summer is the season when people think about the deceased more than any other time of year. Because August 13th to 15th is the Obon Festival when spirits of the dead are believed to return home to spend three happy days with their families. So people light lanterns to purify the environment and …

Beautifully Frightening: Kyoto Aloha Shirt Marker Pagong’s Haunted House PR Coup

Beautifully Frightening: Kyoto Aloha Shirt Marker Pagong’s Haunted House PR Coup

Why go to a haunted house in the summer? According to Japanese culture, there is a good reason. Recently a client from Walt Disney Imagineering was in town that is very interested in Japanese ghosts and haunted houses in general. He was in luck because there is a new haunted house in Kyoto. It is …

Where to Buy Furoshiki in Kyoto: Karakusaya and Kakefuda

Where to Buy Furoshiki in Kyoto: Karakusaya and Kakefuda

People abroad seem very interested in the traditional Japanese furoshiki these days, and with good reason; they are beautiful, useful and help us to me more environmentally friendly. Furoshiki make great gifts for family and friends back home because they are novel, trendy, light weight, unbreakable, and relatively inexpensive. There are two furoshiki stores that …

Where to Buy Real Kyoto Knives: Shigeharu vs Aritsugu Knives

Where to Buy Real Kyoto Knives: Shigeharu vs Aritsugu Knives

Before you rush to Aritsugu to purchase your prize Japanese knife, you might want to read this article. There are several options for buying authentic, handmade Kyoto knives. Kyohamono 京刃物: Kyoto Cutlery in Cultural Context Hamono refers to all kinds of cutting tools such as chef knives, carpenter planes, saws and chisels, sculptor chisels and …

Gion Hararyokaku: Historic Kyoto Shichimi Spice Shop

Gion Hararyokaku: Historic Kyoto Shichimi Spice Shop

This Kyoto shinise (historic store or restaurant) is located in Gion, just down the street from the gate of Yasaka Shrine and it is the place to buy high quality traditional Japanese spices such as shichimi, sansho and ichimi. SHARE! Kyoto Support Topic: Where to Purchase Condiments, Sauces and Spices in Kyoto Gion Hararyokaku is …

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