Posts Tagged ‘Higashiyama neighborhood

Kyoto Beauty Shrine: Yasaka Sub-shrine Utsukushi Gozensha

Kyoto Beauty Shrine: Yasaka Sub-shrine Utsukushi Gozensha

There is a shrine for just about anything that you can imagine in Kyoto, and quite a few for things that you might not be able to imagine. This one is for beauty. When you come to town you can stop by this shrine and pray to have beautiful skin, and of course, a beautiful …

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 expansive view of the city. It is so high that on a clear day the skyscrapers of distant Osaka can be seen. Daimonji-yama, …

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 …

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 knives even, now how is that for gratitude and humility? This is another sub-shrine at Yasaka Shrine, less than a 1 minute walk …

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