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March 31, 2016

Kodo: The Way of Incense

Kōdō is a highly ritualized incense ceremony that cultivates refinement and deepens both sensory and spiritual awareness.

March 26, 2016

Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto

Seeking Serenity Inside One of Kyoto’s Famed Temples

March 25, 2016

Classical Japanese Theater (Noh), Kyoto

Knowing about the world of Noh, where realism and spirituality meet on stage.

February 4, 2016

The Oldest Zen Temple in Kyoto And Some Sugar Clouds

Though the Gion District is divided into north and south, the most well known area of Gion is the main street of Hanamikoji Dori.

January 30, 2016

Tattooed, Foreign and in a Bathhouse

Gokouyu, allowing both tattoos and foreigners, and enjoying mixing with Kyoto locals in a bathhouse.

January 6, 2016

Traditional Kyoto of the Future

Experience the traditional arts and cultural practices of Japan and Kyoto, but as if living in the modern world.

December 24, 2015

Kokoka Kyoto Information and Recreation Hotspot

Center for information, pesky searches, interpreter and advisement services, visa assistance, Japanese lessons, some relaxation and charging stations for those infernally dying devices.

November 7, 2015

Discount Kyoto Train Tickets

Did you know you can save up to 30% on train tickets on the Hankyuu line?

October 14, 2015

Veganized in Kyoto

The best starter guide to finding all things natural, healthy and delicious in Central Kyoto and buying organic products in Japan.

October 10, 2015

Smithy Your Way to Custom Silver

Create your own custom jewelry pieces, new experiences and fun memories all in one go on your trip to Art Smith.

September 9, 2015

Kyoto On Two Wheels

The best way to get around Kyoto is by bike.

August 15, 2015

Festivals of Japan: Daimonji Yaki in Kyoto

Daimonji Yaki is a spectacular ancient festival in Kyoto that is a wonderful end to the long hot summer in Japan.

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