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December 3, 2019

For the first time in a while, I visited Ryoanji (龍安寺) temple.


The temple with its old history since the Muromachi (室町) period, is world-wide famous for its rock garden. Interestingly, there is no record about the creation of the garden, such as by whom, how nor when i...

September 11, 2019

It's already September, yet unusually hot. Here in Kyoto, everybody including me is somewhat fed up with this severe hot and humid weather. However, the other day, I happened to find a sign of autumn in town. 

I visited Nashinoki Jinja (梨の木神社) shrine near Kyot...

August 10, 2019

It's been very hot, but this is a part of living in Kyoto. Especially until Daimonji (大文字, gigantic bonfire on five mountains) ends, such severe weather is just a common practice for us Kyoto residents.

The "Kyo-no-Tanabata (京の七夕, the Star festival in Kyo...

July 24, 2019

In Kyoto, we have some confections exclusively available only during the Gion Festival (祇園祭り) season.

For example, the float called Uradeyama (占出山) sells a sweet cake called Kiccho-Ayu (吉兆あゆ, fish shaped pancake with gummy rice cake called Gyuhi inside) manufactured by...

July 20, 2019

Gion Festival (祇園祭り)is a synonym for the sunmer in Kyoto. If you live in Kyoto for a long time, you will find yourself delighted only with watching the enormous Hoko (鉾) and Yama (山) of the festival. In my childhood, I often dreamed about living in one of those Gion fe...

July 20, 2019

The weather has been dull lately. In Kyoto, Sakimaturi (前祭り, the first half of Gion festival) has just finished, and as of July 18, Hokotate (鉾建て, building the festival floats) of Atomaturi (後祭り, the latter half of Gion festival) has begun.

Ohfunaboko (大船鉾) which belong...

July 5, 2019

It's been the season of Tsuyu (梅雨, rainy season) in Japan.  Along with Hydrangeas (紫陽花), the symbolic flower of this season is Kikyo (桔梗, ballon flower). Here in the yard of Tentokuin (天得院) temple, Kikyo flowers are quietly blooming. 

Tentokuin temple is one o...

May 19, 2019

The other day, I was walking alone around JR Enmachi (円町) station, and found a nice Sushi (寿司) restaurant "Masuda". I had a lunch plate of Nigiri Sushi (にぎり寿司, hand shaped sushi), Hosomaki (細巻, narrow rolled sushi) and half sized Udon (うどん) noddle. It was delicious and...

May 13, 2019

Here comes the season of fresh greenery. Did you take some trip during the golden week (early May holiday season in Japan)? I visited Kenninji (建仁寺) temple during the holidays.

The temple was established in 1202 by Eisai Zenji (栄西禅師), and is very famous for its asset of...

May 9, 2019

Currently, We YUMEYAKATA present a collaboration program with KYOTOGRAPHIE, International Photography Festival, with which users can enjoy watching photographic arts at many venues in Kyoto, while wearing beautiful Kimono (着物). How about that?

I visited the fe...

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