February brings its own set of events and wonders to Kyoto as the temperatures start to rise to warmer days and some of the awaited spring flowers start to slowly flowrish. Down below is a slight description of the things that one can await while in the old capital city of Japan during this month. Out with the old, in with the new Part of the New Year celebrations, the Setsubun Festivals held all around the shrines in the city shall provide a highlight to the vibrating culture alive during the 2nd month of the year. Events vary slightly from shrine to shrine, but one of the most recommended […]
Back in my country, most house holds in the city would have a home printer/scanner in order to avoid the costly service of printing or scanning documents, pictures etc outside. In Japan, due to the small sized and compact houses, having an item such as a printer/scanner would be take up so much space. Therefore, in Japan, it is more economical to go out to acquire this service at the convenient stores such as 7 eleven, family mart. I personally using service when I print the pictures that I take. Let me give you an idea of the prices When it comes to making a copy or print […]
Throughout the year, the city of Kyoto offers a great range of attractions for its thousands of tourists coming to experience the cultural abundance it has to offer. One particular season is an autumn Kyoto, when the gardens, parks and surrounding mountains change from their lively green to their beautiful brown, yellow, orange and red enchantment.
One of the many marvels people enjoy when coming to Kyoto is the possibility to buy some really unique original goods. Most people traveling to Kyoto have heard of the flea markets available on certain days of the month, the most popular being the one held on the 21st of each month at Toji Temple near Kyoto Station. Nonetheless, right near Sakura House Kyoto Imadegawa is the Kitanotenmangu Shrine, which has its own flea market held each month on the 25th called “Tenjin-san”. Not only locals, but travelers from all over the world come to find some local treasure and also enjoy the great variety of food offered by the […]
In a culture with centuries of continuing traditions, the simplest things may carry a purpose and meaning that the modern individual might not grasp at first. On this occasion we look into the use of the stone path present on most (if not all) Japanese gardens. The initial use of laying down a path of stones was carried out by Sen no Rikyu (千利休), the apparent founder of the tea ceremony, while watching one of the shogun’s wooden clogs get ruined by the mud present on the way to the ceremonial room. He then realized that such stones enhanced the beauty of the environment and thus became widely used. The […]
Just a 6 minute walk from Sakura House Kyoto Imadegawa is the Nishijin Textile Center, displaying the spirit that has, and still does, make the backbone of this neighborhood, the traditional Nishijin style of weaving. From kimonos to framed woven art pieces, this center displays the history and beauty of such a delicate art form, allowing not only to see but to also experience this traditional weaving style by one’s own hands. A local lady on the second floor is periodically showing visitors how such a technique was performed by using the same weaving machine used back in the day. On the same floor, many souvenirs are available allowing one […]