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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 […]

“Kyoto Indigo Blue Bikes” by Bryan Cole

“Kyoto Indigo Blue Bikes” by Bryan Cole

This particular shade of blue can be found throughout Japan and is one of my favorites. The traditional color is used for dyeing kimono material as well as Noren curtains used in entrance ways to traditional businesses/restaurants and a denim type of material used for everything […]

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 […]

Kyoto and Temples & Monks

Kyoto and Temples & Monks

The images of Kyoto for me are draped in temples and zen gardens, coffee shops and ramen stands and beautiful maiko in their kimono next to the tourist snapping away with their cameras. But I still love a quiet walk in neighborhoods away from  crowds and […]