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!





Apr 26, 2017

Tenjin-san and green maples

I posted how much I'm in love with flea markets in Kyoto a while ago (about Toji market then), and this time at Kitano-tenmangu shrine!

It was good 15 mins bike ride from my new place to Kitano-tenmangu through Onmae street, you get to see big Torii gate sitting there.



I got there at around 11, and it was already fairly crowded with locals, travelers and school kids.
I couldn't help comparing all the shops or vibes with Toji one but I guess it's different in good/bad ways. For example, if you get in to the Kitano shrine through the central gate, you will see a lot of food stalls that you can usually find at any other festivals - which means they are not local based. I'm not against them but the more local the better to me!
Although the market place at Kitano is very very spacious, so it was easier to check the shops with less crowd because of the location too which is not as convenient as Toji.


sekihan manju was a big hit, DELISHHH!


cute massage break

And after strolling around the market, I decided to go check the shrine itself which is quite big and pretty famous for the patron saint of students, who flock here from all over the country to pray for success in examinations, especially high school and university entrance exams.


And I noticed that they have now special opening for "Ao-momiji" (fresh green maple leaves) time, and I'm glad I tried it. (Entrance fee is 500yen.)

Those trees lining up along the walking path are plum trees that make this shrine popular for its season too, and walking through fresh green with just the sound of stream and birds was such a great feeling, refreshing and very cozy especially for me who grew up in the mountains!




We can easily imagine that those maple trees would be absolutely amazing in Autumn when they change the color into red/orange, but it might be a good thing that the shrine is not well known for the autumn color? at least not as well as some other sites.


I highly recommend you to check the flea market (25th every month) for your cultural experience and maybe souvenir shopping, and Kitano-tenmangu for quality quiet time in nature!

  

Apr 11, 2017

Yakitori restaurant to go

This is Saho from J-Hippers Kyoto.

My topic today is Yakitori restaurant, "JYOKIYA".

This is a traditional Japanese house and is hard to tell it's Yakitori-ya out of exterior of the house.

I really liked the intimate atmosphere and they have an opened counter for a solo or a small group of people. They also have private spaces for a big group of customers.

They serve a lot of different parts of the chicken , such as the breasts,thighs,skin, liver and other innards.
Yakitori is now one of popular Japanese Izakaya cuisine.



If you feel like Yakitori, this is a place to go :-)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/%E7%84%BC%E9%B3%A5%E5%B8%B8%E6%9C%A8%E5%B1%8BJYOKIYA/165685196831342

Thank you:)

Mar 8, 2017

Kitano Odori 2017

Kitano Odori is the dance performance by Geiko and Maiko at Kamishichiken geisha quarters.
The program is schedule for 14days from March 25th to April 7th, starts from 1:30pm and 4pm for about 1 hour. 
Kitano Odori ushers in the Kyoto spring.
The admission fee is 4800JPY with tea ceremony or 4300JPY w/o tea ceremony.

Love to see real Maiko ? then don't miss out !


http://www.maiko3.com/event/ev-4.html

Mar 2, 2017

Higashiyama Hanatoro 2017 Illumnation Event in Kyoto

This illumination event comes every year like your birthday.
Celebrate it like your birthday, it's quite something!

It's from tomorrow March 3rd till 12nd, 6pm-9:30pm everyday during the period.
They illuminate the area of Higashiyama, which literally means "eastern mountain" where many tourist attractions are, and where you can feel the touch of traditional Kyoto.

No entrance fee except when you would like to have a look at illuminations at temples (around 500 yen).
Please do not complain about this fact. Temples have powers in Kyoto, you know. They do not even pay taxes...blah blah blah.
(I know churches are usually free, right?  I know I know).

But It's worth it. Right? Go and check it's amazing!

Feb 28, 2017

Arashiyama walkabout

Arashiyama is one of the most well known tourist destinations in Kyoto - bamboo forest, monkey park, hot spring or just the unique atmosphere in general.

I decided to go exploring a bit more of Arashiyama area apart from those famous spots.

Otagi-nenbutsuji
Walking 30 mins from busy central area to the north, you can find this quiet beautiful temple called Otagi-nenbutsuji. It was quite interesting to see Arashiyama with less people on the way, eventually got zero tourist, temperature dramatically dropped, we felt like we were in the forest.












So what makes this place unique is not only the location, but the crazy number of Jizou statues they've got. 1,200 of them with different faces and unique poses, that were pretty peaceful and lovely but kind of spooky at the same time.

It's going to be a nice small walk in the mountain, and I didn't see any foreigners there which was very rare experience in Kyoto. We saw a lot of cherry blossom trees lining up at the temple, and must be very beautiful with Autumn color too!

 


Feb 25, 2017

Special Vegetarian Restaurant

Hi, this is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

My topic today is my recent discovery, 『Onikai』, vegetarian restaurant.
They will surprise you with the art of vegetables produced in Kyoto.
Lots variety of vegetables are turned into creative dishes and they are all beautifully arranged in the plates and are so delicious !

Furthermore, you can see the chef cooking meals inside of the open bar counter.
The place is so cozy and they have many private spaces separated by walls so you can come different occasions with workmates, friends or boyfriend or girlfriend.

You'd better secure seats before coming!

Business hours: 6pm to 1am (last order 12:30am)
Holiday : Thursdays
Address: 388 Komeyachō, Shijō-agaru, Kawaramachi, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Thank you ☺

Jan 3, 2017

Toka Ebisu Fes !!!

A very happy new year !

The first festival in Kyoto we introduce here is Toka Ebisu festival :)



It will be held at Ebisu shrine from January 8th to 12th.
For five lively days in January thousands throng to a small shrine in Gion to pray to Ebisu, the god of good fortune.
During these 5 days, there will be many events and also so many food stands are opened around the shrine. You can definitely enjoy this event !

So why don't you go and get fortune !?

For further questions, please refer to the following link as below ;
http://www.insidekyoto.com/toka-ebisu