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Japan seems to be a football loving country, especially if the enthousiasm of the neigbourhood children playing football in the street is a good way to measure that. Continue Reading

  • Shimogamo shrine 下鴨神社
  • Shimogamo shrine 下鴨神社 Shimogamo shrine 下鴨神社 Shimogamo shrine 下鴨神社 Shimogamo shrine 下鴨神社

When Kyoto gets ‘too hot to handle’ the best thing to do is to search ways to cool down. You can hide indoors and put the airco on, but this city has too many good opportunities to do otherwise.

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At the Kyomo site with brand new machiya-style houses we found a small but exciting exhibition of light-objects.

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  • New machiya’s
  • New machiya’s New machiya’s New machiya’s

At Kyomo a modern interpretation on machiya’s can be seen. These houses combine old traditional styles with new elements.

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  • Misoka-an Kawamichi-ya 河道屋
  • Misoka-an Kawamichi-ya 河道屋 Misoka-an Kawamichi-ya 河道屋

In Japan most of the restaurants have their own speciality, like sushi or yakitori and won’t serve anything else.

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  • Usagi Juku
  • Usagi Juku

Sometimes in Kyoto I come across traditions I don’t fully understand. Like the wearing of these armors by children (boys) during the Yoroi Kizome Ceremony (coming of age festival).

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  • Living in a machiya #2
  • Living in a machiya #2 Living in a machiya #2

In a machiya the zashiki (or guest room) is the room to receive your guests. The machiya where we live in has a very nice zashiki, which we use as the actual living, and hang out when we have guests.

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  • Cafe bibliotic HELLO!
  • Cafe bibliotic HELLO!

Cafe bibliotic HELLO! is a to a cafe converted machiya.

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  • Nijo castle 二条城
  • Nijo castle 二条城 Nijo castle 二条城 Nijo castle 二条城

 

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  • Fire prevention buckets everywhere
  • Fire prevention buckets everywhere Fire prevention buckets everywhere Fire prevention buckets everywhere Fire prevention buckets everywhere Fire prevention buckets everywhere

In Kyoto you can see these buckets everywhere. Kyoto is a city of traditions and of keeping traditions as well.

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