Oct 4, 2017

ART FLEA MARKET this weekend!

I've already mentioned many times how amazing Kyoto's flea market culture is, and here's another info for handmade fans!

Kyoto Art Flea Market



7th - 9th October
11:00~

Location
The museum of Kyoto and Wings Kyoto (both close to subway Karasuma-oike station)

Their official website hasn't been updated much other than the schedule, but you can check the details of each artists' stuff through Facebook page!
https://ja-jp.facebook.com/%E4%BA%AC%E9%83%BD%E3%82%A2%E3%83%BC%E3%83%88%E3%83%95%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%83%9E%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B1%E3%83%83%E3%83%88-132164700313751/




Oct 2, 2017

SAKE BAR


IT IS ALWAYS GOOD  to drink sake with nice people at nice place.

A variety of sake bars have opened in Kyoto recently proportionate with the amount of tourists visiting kyoto.

This sake bar we went last night is one of good places in Kyoto.

They pick about 10 sake brands out of over 50 of selection as ' tonight's special '  with nicely selected small dishes go good with sake.

The location is not so convenient from Kyoto central station but if you are interested in sake , this bar is absolutely worth a stop in.


Sep 20, 2017

Matcha Place near Kyoto Station

September is nearly gone, and real autumn is just around the corner

but matcha sweets is welcomed to anyone in any season (If I'm not wrong), right?

This time, I would like to recommend 茶匠 清水一芳園 (Kiyomizu Ippoen) close from National Museum of Kyoto.

They have cold sweets, hot sweets, and even food menu.

I tried to go there with J-hoppers Kyoto staff, Sahorun, but we gave up because there were too many people waiting. So it's actually a good idea to go there during Kyoto's low season like now.

Google map: https://www.google.co.jp/maps?q=%E6%B8%85%E6%B0%B4+%E4%B8%80%E8%8A%B3%E5%9C%92&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjU9f62sLPWAhULhrwKHQ9UDP4Q_AUICigB




Enjoy Kyoto's autumn with great sweet:)



Sep 18, 2017

Food Sample :)

Have you ever been to Kyoto tower since they renewed ?
If not, you should go !

Since they renovated, it is very fun place to go especially 1st floor (or 2nd floor for American English speaker) !

On that floor, you can try to make something special and I personally recommend to try food samples.
You might have seen them at the entrance pf some restaurants in their display.


These are not real one, it's all made by plastics !!!

It is pretty sure difficult to make such like them but at least you can try basic, simple and easy one at Kyoto tower :)
It might be good idea to try as a part of memory from Japan :)

Day & Time : 9 am - 9 pm *last entry till 8pm
Place : inside Kyoto tower on 1st floor
*advanced reservation preferred

Aug 27, 2017

Food court revolution (Kyoto tower)

Food court to me was always a place for family day-out or teenagers' hangout.
Although the new food court on the basement floor of Kyoto Tower building is probably the most hip and stylish one I've been to!







Kyoto Tower Sando - Renewal in April 2017

Finally had a chance to visit, and I was just amazed by their selection of restaurants and cozy atmosphere. You can order food at the each shop and have it at their counter table, or you can have it at the center tables (photo above).

https://www.kyoto-tower-sando.jp/en/shop/floor#floorB1F 

My pick-ups would be
1. Sukemasa (Gyouza dumplings)
What makes this Gyouza unique is their "local ingredients" such as miso or green onion from Kyoto, and their Teishoku (set) is pretty reasonable!
 



2.The Roots of all evil. (standing bar)
I've talked about Kyoto craft gin Kinobi on this blog the other time, this standing bar is their second shop! You can try their unique gin menu!



And also, they have some events at the food court like:



OH MY GOSH. DJ is spinning at the food court? Totally mind blowing.

You should definitely pay a visit and try their food and atmosphere!

  

Aug 17, 2017

Indulge myself in chocolates

Hi, this is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

The topic of today is one of my favorite sweets, chocolate.
I come across many chocolatier in Kyoto and I would like to share my favorite chocolate server, "BEL AMER".
This shop has prevailed in all over Japan but it has first root in Kyoto.
The head office is located near Karasuma Oike station so is really accessible and good to stop by for a souvenir hunting or a short break in the middle of shopping or exploring.

They have a lot of variety of chocolates on the first floor and the cafe is available on the second floor.
After having chocolate drinks in the cafe, head to hunt your favorite chocolates !!



Aug 10, 2017

Gozan-no-okuribi

One of The biggest summer event in Kyoto (Gozan-no-okuribi)

On 16th August, five huge bonfires showing up in the night sky.
Gozan-no Okuribi is the most representative of the Obon (an annual Buddhist event for commemorating ancestors) observations and huge bonfires are lit on the five mountains surrounding the city.



(The lighting times, characters, and meanings)

8:00PM Daimonji (大文字), "large" or "great:"
8:05PM Myō/Hō (妙・法), "wondrous dharma" (referring to Buddhist teachings):
8:10PM Funagata (舟形), the shape of a boat:
8:15PM Hidari Daimonji (左大文字), "large" or "great:"
8:20PM Toriigata (鳥居形), the shape of a torii or shrine gate:



(Good paces to see)
Demachiyanagi station along Kamo River; wide space, but many people
Funaokayama Park; able to see 4 of 5, but the most popular and crowded
Kyoto Imperial Palace; Less people than ①、② and wider space.
Aeon Mall Gojo; Less people than ①、②、③