A Few Hours in Nishiki

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A Few Hours in Nishiki In Nakagyo Ward of Kyoto, hidden behind the opulent avenue of Shijo and the wide streets of Teramachi, lies a unique Kyoto treasure. The narrow alley of Nishiki Market runs just a few hundred meters East to West and absolutely brims with food, shops, and food. Were Nishiki Market not […]

The Four Seasons of Kyoto

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Elegance… When it comes to luxury hotels in Asia, Japan may not be the first place that comes to mind. Yet in regard to hospitality, really no other country can hold a candle to the Japanese. Case in point: the newly opened Four Seasons in Kyoto. Its opening in October added just the second international […]

In Search of Vegetables

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Any vegetarian will tell you that it’s just plain difficult to find a good meal. Most restaurants of the world serve meat, perhaps less than 20% of the menu could be considered vegetarian. In Asia, especially Japan, that portion shrinks significantly. That’s because most dishes in Japan call for some kind of animal products (usually […]

Mountain of the Fire Deity

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In Kyoto’s west, towering above the small village of Kiyotaki, lies Atago-san, Kyoto city’s tallest peak  at 924 meters. A holy mountain for over a thousand years, once a year pilgrims come here to hike to the top during the night. By doing so, one shows reverence to the fire diety and gains 1,000 days […]

Nobody Else

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Saio misogi purification ceremony

Misogi purification ceremony 2015

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The Aoi festival held on the 15th of May every year in Kyoto is drawing near. Before the actual date of the festival, many preparations and pre-ceremonies has to be done. One of these is the misogi purification ceremony that was held today. In this ceremony, the “Saio-dai” purifies her mind and body by ceremoniously […]