Tag: Japan

Artisan Noodle Maker in Oakland, CA

Artisan Noodle Maker in Oakland, CA

In West Oakland, Koichi Ishii does something few other chefs in the United States can. In the very early morning hours he is in a small glass enclosed room in his restaurant making soba by hand. The tradition of eating soba originates from the Tokugawa […]

GION – Traditional Kyoto Now

GION – Traditional Kyoto Now

Gion is a traditional district stretching from the Kamo-gawa River in the west, as far as Yasaka-jinja Shrine in the east. In the 17th year of Kyoho (1732), Kyoto received official permission from the goverment to begin construction of the teahouse quarters, which is the […]

The Buddhist Monks’ Robes (and other stories)

The Buddhist Monks’ Robes (and other stories)

There are 1,600 Buddhist temples scattered throughout the prefecture of Kyoto. Known as “the city of a thousand temples,” you’ll also find 400 Shinto shrines, a trio of palaces, and dozens of gardens and museums! According to Wikipedia, Kyoto boasts more World Heritage Sites per […]

Kyoto’s Outdoor River Restaurants

Kyoto’s Outdoor River Restaurants

Seeing all this rain we are getting here in Los Angeles and the freeways suddenly turning into rivers, my thoughts turned to the Kamogawa River in Kyoto. Summer is traditionally the month when eating and drinking places along the banks of the Kamo River build large wooden […]

Japan Festivals – Sanja Matsuri in Tokyo

Japan Festivals – Sanja Matsuri in Tokyo

Japanese festivals captivate the energy of the local residents. Summer is the best time to see festival traditions and the colorful clothing such as HAPPI coats, HACHIMAKI head bands and beautiful kimono. You’ll also have a chance to taste so many unique snacks and see […]