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Have you ever wandered through Kyoto and marveled at the gorgeous old townhouses? And secretly imagined yourself staying in one and feeling like you're part of Memoirs of a Geisha? Well, I confess, I have! But did you know, you actually can stay in one of these typical Kyo-Machiya (Kyoto Townhous...more...
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The city of Uji is located between Kyoto and Nara, two cities that are considered famous cultural centers with a rich history. It's not really a surprise that Uji itself, due to the proximity to these former capitals, developed into a kind of cultural center itself. For green tea lovers and match...more...
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What would a visit to the shrine or temple be without omikuji!  Together with ema and omamori, these little fortune telling papers are an essential part of any temple or shrine. Said to date back over 1000 years, this tradition of obtaining a divine opinion on any earthly matters, such as choosin...more...
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If you have experienced New Year's in Japan, you are most likely familiar with the traditional New Year's dishes, Osechi-ryōri, one of them being kuromame, a dish consisting of black soy beans cooked in sweet syrup. These soybeans are supposed to symbolize hard working spirit and healthy living i...more...
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Rilakkuma is one of the most famous characters in Japan nowadays. New product lines are released regularly, time-limited restaurants are always crowded and new product collaborations are coming up more and more. The hype around the cute brown bear and its small family is not stopping. In 2018 San...more...
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If you enjoy traditional art, architecture and history, there is truly no better place in Japan to visit than Kyoto. The ancient capital is so well preserved it produced a whopping 17 UNESCO world heritage sites, each of which with its own charms. For those planning a trip, this is probably one o...more...
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On January 2017, my boyfriend Mike and I bought our first ever tickets to Japan. The logical next step after that was to make reservations for Kichi Kichi (キチキチ). I'd seen videos all over the internet of the red knit beanie-donning chef Yukimura Motokichi slicing the fluffy omelette in half, so y...more...
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Confection so delicate and beautiful you hesitate to eat them -- but it is exactly this moment of hesitation that wagashi (和菓子) inspires, a moment of hesitation perfect for reflecting about the poetry of nature and the elements represented by these exquisite creations. It is obvious how each piec...more...
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If you think of Kyoto, you're likely to also think of Geisha (or Geiko, as they are called in Kyoto). There are many studios in Kyoto and other cities that allow you to experience what it is like to dress up as a cute, colorful Maiko or a mature, stylish Geiko. As a fan of Japanese traditional da...more...
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The Jidai Matsuri is one of Kyoto's renowned three great festivals takes place on October 22 annually (please note that the festival will be postponed to the 23rd in the event it rains on the 22nd). The lively festival is celebrated by locals of all ages, adorning authentic traditional costumes r...more...