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Morning zazen at Kennin-ji temple.

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June 21, 2015

Last Sunday, I had my first zazen experience in a temple. I’ve wanted to try it for a long time, and when I heard…

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Kyoto Sanjo Shopping Arcade

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October 1, 2014

Sanjo-kai Shotengai is a lovely shopping street which runs between Horikawa and Senbon streets, not far from Nijo Castle. 800-meters long, it has about…

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Gion Matsuri : Yoiyama evening before the Latter Festival parade (Part 2)

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July 28, 2014

After visiting Koi-yama heirloom exhibition, we moved to the Minami-Kannon-yama district. One of the yama’s tapestries featuring a dragon :
The colors of Minami-Kannon-yama decorations…

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Gion Matsuri : Yoiyama evening before the Latter Festival parade (Part 1)

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July 25, 2014

The evening before the Gion Matsuri parade is called Yoiyama. This year, as the parade was held in two parts, we had chance to…

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Gion Festival Tour report

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July 16, 2014

This year, with the collaboration of Tomoe Sawano, heritage walker, we had prepared two Gion Matsuri walking tours, on 7/12 and 7/15. 
On 7/12, we…

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GION FESTIVAL 2014

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May 29, 2014

Have you ever seen a matsuri, Japanese traditional festival? Don’t miss it while travelling to Japan! Its ambience can’t be described with words, you…

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AOI MATSURI 2014 (Part 3)

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May 20, 2014

Here is my favourite photo of Aoi Matsuri :

These two are looking so good together!..

Two more people who don’t match the solemn atmosphere of…

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AOI MATSURI 2014 (Part 2)

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May 19, 2014

Continuing my previous post featuring the Aoi Festival procession of the Imperial Guard Representative, here are some shots of the Imperial princess’ procesion.

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AOI MATSURI 2014 (Part 1)

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May 16, 2014

Yesterday I had a chance to attend Aoi Matsuri, one of the three largest Kyoto festivals. It’s highlight is the procession of about 500…

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