Kyo-odori

Kyo-odori

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 […]

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Great Hanshin Earthquake

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 […]

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Heian Palace ruins

Heian Palace ruins

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 […]

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Takuhatsu (video)

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 […]

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Budget accommodations in Kyoto: budget ryokan

Budget accommodations in Kyoto: budget ryokan

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 […]

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Kyoto illumination event

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, […]

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Feels almost like spring

Feels almost like spring

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 […]

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