Jul 8, 2017

Bonsai

Do you like Bonsai?
The other day I bought "Kokedama" moss ball plant.

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And it's soooo cute. You have to take good care of it, but you'll see it changes everyday. Conditions change depending on weather. Very interesting to observe.

It' not Bonsai, but I'm seriously interested in having Bonsai now.
For those who are also interested, visit those places when you are in Kyoto!

1. Kyoto Botanical Garden : more than 40 kinds of Bonsai any time of the year.
2. Kojuen (小品盆栽 京都 広樹園):a shop which sells Bonsai
https://kojuen.webu.jp/


Let's Bonsai everybody

Fushimi Inari Summer Festival

On this month, there is the summer festival at Fushimi Inari shrine.

It will be decorated by millions number of red paper lanterns and give you nostalgic atmosphere. It is definitely worth to see !


Date & Time : July 22nd from 6 pm, July 23rd from 9 am


You can also experience ”Bon dance". (Bon dance is originally an event to calm the ancestral spirits that came back during Obon season. However, it is enjoyed as a recreational event nowadays and the religious meaning has softened.)


Jul 5, 2017

Exploring Nagoya


Greetings.

I went to Nagoya for my cousin's wedding last month.

I actually had never been to Nagoya until then even though my home is located closer to there than other big cities.

So I decided to take an opportunity to exploring Nagoya.

First off, I went to " Oasis 21 " which is a building for events and a place for relaxation and refreshment.
There were different types of cafe and restaurants so it was literally an Oasis in the big city.
I had Hitsuma-bushi ( Chopped broiled eel on rice: which is a famous dish in Nagoya) for lunch. It tasted sooo good!!

And next, me and my friend went to Oosu which is a shopping district, especially famous for vintage clothes.

Although they were called vintage clothes, they sell nice-cheap stuff and I loved it ( mostly japanese vintage shops sell clothes in high price...)



↑Me delighting in the vintage clothes

I thought Nagoya was just an industrial city which has nothing to see much but I was wrong...
I had great fun!

If you are planning to come to Japan, I'd recommend you to put Nagoya on your list!!



Jun 20, 2017

For Granola lovers

Do you fancy Granola ?
"COCOLO KYOTO" is a popular cafe specialized in Granola.
Beautiful roasted aroma is coming and going through the shops as they make their Granola on the site .

They also array and sell each Granola in the shop so if you find your favorite one, you can take them back home !!

Why don't you go and try fabulous Granola :)
http://www.cocolo-kyoto.jp/






Rainy day twilightin'

Seems like the rainy season is starting from late this week here in Kyoto (even the official announcement for the beginning of the season was around 10 days ago!)

What would you like to do on a rainy day?
My suggestion is to go check all the beautiful museums around the town, and spend hours and hours at a cafe, watching people and sipping coffee.

Here's my favorite in town.
Called Sarasa Pausa just off the Sanjo street, small cafe with really relaxed atmosphere, and their amazing sweets always make me indecisive to pick up one! (and usually end up choosing two, oh well)



And you can have seat by the window on the second floor where you can watch people coming and going with their colorful umbrellas!

Sarasa Pausa
https://tabelog.com/en/kyoto/A2601/A260202/26003841/

May 14, 2017

Green leaves !

All of us have know already that Kyoto is very famous for colored leaves in Autumn.
Did anyone have idea you can see them green version on this month ?

On this month, these leaves get fresh green color and it looks beautiful and powerful so you may feel that you are getting more energy !
Also a lot less people wherever you go within the city on this season so then you can have more time to enjoy the scenery !

Now here is the recommendation for you !
☆Kifune Shrine : open for night time as well only on this month.
On every Saturday and Sunday in May, from sunset to 8 pm.


☆Shimogamo Shrine : One of the oldest shrine.

☆Kenninji Temple : The oldest zen temple in Kyoto.

☆Toufukuji Temple : beautiful scenery from the bridge and cozy Japanese garden. 




May 8, 2017

Kamogawa Odori (Geisha Dancing)

Miyako Odori (都をどり) in Gion district in April is over.

And now, it's the turn for Pontocho district, the time for Kamogawa Odori (鴨川をどり). It's actually already started, but it will be until May 23rd so if you are around,
why not??

Tickets can be purchased via their website (which is all in Japanese), so recommended way is to make a phone call: 075-221-2025 in the hope of someone can speak another languages.

Website: http://www.kamogawa-odori.com/ticket/

Don't turn your back to this just because you've seen Miyako Odori.
Each district has it's own feature, i.e. Gion is very traditional whereas Pontocho is more flexible towards other cultures.

I can also recommend this book "Geisha" by Liza Dulby alongside of you bisiting Kyoto.She is an ethnologist specializes in Geisha study, and she wrote this book based on her experience of throwing herself into Geisha world for a year.

I talked to much blah blah blah..

Hope this information will help someone who wish to find some of the Geisha world out!