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Hiking in Kyoto: Daimonji Yama (Mt. Daimonji)

Hiking in Kyoto: Daimonji Yama (Mt. Daimonji)
Daimonji-yama, part of the East Mountains, or Higashiyama, as they are called in Japanese, is a great place for a memorable and not too challenging hike. Daimonji-yama offers the most accessible and e... read more

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 gr... read more

Kyoto Knife Shrine: Yasaka Sub-shrine Hamono Jinja

Kyoto Knife Shrine: Yasaka Sub-shrine Hamono Jinja
This shrine holds a memorial service for worn out knives every year. The shrine accepts old knives and other cutting instruments that have served their human owners. Japanese give thanks to their kniv... read more

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 C... read more

Kyoto Noh Theater Kotsuzumi Drum Performer: Naoyasu Sowa

Kyoto Noh Theater Kotsuzumi Drum Performer: Naoyasu Sowa
The art of Noh theater is a complex mixture of dance, drama, music and poetry that was formed in the middle of the 1300's. For reference, Noh started about the same time as the Inca Kingdom and the Ot... read more

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED
Samata Now Closed. This place is still a ramen shop but looks pretty unkept from the outside so I haven't ventured in to check it out. In addition to having the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in ... read more
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Sightseeing

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED 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 Chio...

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED Kyoto Daimonji Viewing Party at Hirosawa Pond

Daimonji, or properly, Gozan-no-Okuribi is a very fascinating and unique ceremonial event ...

Dining

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED The Taste of Real Sake in Kyoto: Sake Bar Asakura (with Fluent English Service)

"Welcome to the world of REAL SAKE!! Have you ever tasted fruity, rich flavored sake, unpa...

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED Kyoto Best Cheap Eats: Ootoya Teishoku Restaurant (800 yen)

Ootoya Gohan-dokoro is conveniently located in the bustling Sanjo-Kawaramachi neighborhood...

Stores

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 ti...

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED 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 re...

Accommodation

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED Kyoto Accomodation: 'The Screen' Boutique Hotel

The Screen is a bit of an anomaly for ancient Kyoto, but a one of a kind place to stay and...

Experience

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED Experience Processing and Making Your Own Tea at Fukujuen Kobo in Uji

Fukujuen is one of the most famous tea companies in Kyoto and has over 210 years of histor...

Museum

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum Early Autumn Exhibition 2013: Motomasa Kurita

A new exhibition has opened at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum, this time with works by ta...

Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum Summer 2013 Exhibition: The Work of Toun Shishido Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum Summer 2013 Exhibition: The Work of Toun Shishido

As preparations for Kyoto’s Gion Festival get under way, Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum i...

Shokunin

Introducing Takaokaya -- Handcrafted Cushions and Bedding from Kyoto Introducing Takaokaya -- Handcrafted Cushions and Bedding from Kyoto

Takaokaya: Handcrafted Contemporary & Traditional Zabuton Cushions and Futon Bedding f...

京都北山林業伝統技法「本仕込」研修会 – 尾島組 京都北山林業伝統技法「本仕込」研修会 – 尾島組

私は今年も京都北山の中源株式曾社「本仕込」研修会に参加しました。このイベントでは尾島俊明氏の尾島組の「本仕込」作業を見えます。尾島俊明氏は北山の「本仕込」の事を説明した時に私はiP...

Artist

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED Kyoto Noh Theater Kotsuzumi Drum Performer: Naoyasu Sowa

The art of Noh theater is a complex mixture of dance, drama, music and poetry that was for...

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED Kyoto 'Biwa Hoshi' Musician: Kyokusei Katayama

Kyokusei Katayama is a master of the traditional Japanese musical instrument called the bi...

Product

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED Kyoto Kitayama Lumberjack Sushi

To make this sushi, in addition to a kitchen, a woodshop is required! Masakazu Hatadan run...

Kyoto Style Ramen and Yatai ‘Night Stand’ Culture: Samata Ramen — CLOSED Kyoto Kitayama Sugi 'Meiboku' Hand Carved Chopsticks

Yesterday I was back up in Kitayama, the North Mountains of Kyoto, working on my new 'lumb...

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