Because you asked for it, or at least Cory Doctorow did. There’s no way I was going to use “Tokyo” as the anagram for “Kyoto.”
Cheap accommodations near Kyoto Station. Â¥4,400 per person (Â¥5,000 with private bath and toilet) and Â¥400 discount for online reservations.
A Kyoto City-designated Important Cultural Asset on Karasuma St. north of Marutamachi subway station. English services on Sundays at 0830; visitors are welcome.
Sakura in Kyoto (streaming QT 4 min, in the left column choose “MPEG4″) I slapped together a few video clips into a movie the other day.
The sakura are just about to pop all over town, could be today or tomorrow, too late for the sakura festival that ended yesterday along the banks of the Kamogawa. Yesterday was rather cold and a thunderstorm hit, accompanied by hail, so no blossoms opened in my view. Also, the spring geisha dance reuve is […]
Yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of the morning I woke up to the most violent earthquake I’d ever felt, with the skeleton of my apartment building roaring, actually roaring in pain as the walls and corners and doors twisted this way and that. I really thought the building was going to collapse. At that time […]
Careful there, I think your motorcycle is leaking oil on Heian history. Next to the cigarette vending machine, between two parking lots on a sidestreet northeast of Senbon-Marutamachi is a marker showing a piece of foundation of the inner part of the original Heian Imperial Palace, from soon after Kyoto was officially founded in the […]
I was just getting ready to leave the house early this morning when a group of monks came through the neighborhood chanting, actually bellowing, “Oooooo-e” over and over, walking up and down each street, neighborhood by neighborhood. I think they come down from Enryaku-ji on Hiei-zan, the ones of ultimate discipline, in simple robes, straw […]
In the Daimonji Fire Festival fires are lit in the shape of symbols or kanji characters on six mountains around town every August 16 since the 1600s. Which one(s) should I photograph this year?
Ryokan Kyoka, the first place I stayed on my bicycle tour in 1995. I happened to pass by the neighborhood the other day, a bit north of Kyoto Station near Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Ryokan Kyoka is a typical-looking budget ryokan (more here) just a simple Japanese-style room with futon, shared bathroom and toilet, no fancy […]
March 12 (Friday) – 21 (Sunday) Illumination from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., each day. Event website A few pictures I took last year In Kyoto’s Higashiyama district at the foot of the eastern range, a walking path links temples and shrines from Shoren-in Temple in the north, passing Chion-in Temple, Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Maruyama Park, […]
A RealPlayer movie (3 min, 8.7MB) of some scenery I happened to walk past this afternoon. I wasn’t paying attention to the sound and accidentally shifted some around. There are no cars in the Imperial Palace Park, just so you know. In order: Kamo River/Mt. Hiei/Kitayama Kyoto (old) Imperial Palace Park paths A teahouse in […]