THE MONKEY BABIES, KYOTO, JAPAN

There were plenty of monkey babies at the Iwatayama Monkey Park. This little fellow didn’t look old and wobbled like a new born. He also stayed very close to his mom. It was interesting to watch the mothers. At one … Continue reading

GOLDEN PAVILION, KYOTO, JAPAN

One of the more famous sites in Kyoto is the Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji: The site of Kinkaku-ji was originally a villa called Kitayama-dai, belonging to a powerful statesman, Saionji Kintsune.[8] Kinkaku-ji’s history dates to 1397, when the villa was … Continue reading

NIJO CASTLE, KYOTO

Our first stop on our big “day tour” was Nijo Castle, samurai and shogun home. In 1601, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ordered all the feudal lords in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of Nijō … Continue reading

10,000 TORI GATES, KYOTO, JAPAN

Fushimi Inari is one of the more famous Kyoto temples, known for one prominent feature – 10,000 Tori gates. Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社?) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base … Continue reading

DINNER WITH A GEISHA (Maiko) Part I in KYOTO

This is a very interesting post to write as it elicits mixed feelings. Part of living in a different culture is that never ending quest to understand, learn and to grow while trying not to use your own cultural biases … Continue reading

NISHIIKI MARKET, KYOTO

After our first temple we headed to Nishiki market. A cab dropped us off at one entrance and we started down this very long covered walkway past hundreds of interesting stalls. Uniquely Japanese is a good way to describe it; … Continue reading

SANJUSANGENDO HALL, KYOTO

After checking into the Westin our first stop (after a big Japanese lunch) was this hall, home to 1001 life-sized wooden statues of Kannon, goddess of mercy. Like many of the temples, they offered souvenirs and in this case, an … Continue reading

A 3 DAY TRIP TO KYOTO

We spent 3 days in Kyoto recently and it was a fantastic trip, although complex to organize. I present this itinerary for others, with a few suggestions that I hope help. TripAdvisor City Guides. If you have not downloaded this … Continue reading

DINNER WITH A GEISHA (Maiko): THE CONVERSATION

As mentioned in my initial post on Kyoto, we enjoy learning the history and culture of Japan. We did not know what to expect with our dining with a maiko/geisha/geiko experience. When the maiko-san originally arrived, our interpreter quickly helped … Continue reading

DINNER WITH A GEISHA (Maiko) Part 2

Using the concierge at the Westin we booked Yoshikawa in Kyoto with a room overlooking the garden. Attached to a Japanese Inn that has played host to the rich and famous, it was a beautiful traditional restaurant and amazing staff … Continue reading