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The stone-paved streets of the Gion Shirakawa neighbourhood. – Pictures by CK LimKYOTO, April 1 — It's sakura season again. Whether you're a perennial hanami (cherry blossom viewing) junkie or a first time visitor to Japan in spring, it's an exciting time. Yet far too many of us get caught up in catching ...
By Asako Kisui / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterKYOTO — The spring dance performance season (see below) has arrived in the hanamachi geiko districts in Kyoto. Starting with the Kitano Odori dance in the Kamishichiken quarter on March 25, dance performances by geiko and maiko are scheduled to be ...

The Yomiuri ShimbunKYOTO — A male customer was able to purchase the entire supply of 100 specially designed dolls on sale at a Takashimaya department store in Kyoto on Saturday, despite an announced condition limiting purchases to just two dolls per customer. The purchase provoked a series of ...
A cab ride from JR Kyoto Station to Kiyomizudera temple around 3.1 km away will cost about the same as before. But the 8.6-km ride from the station to Kinkakuji temple will cost about 400 yen more. Essentially, fares will be more expensive after about 3 km when compared with the current rates for small ...
All who do research here recognize the impact of their own research results on the future,” Kyoto University President Juichi Yamagiwa said in an announcement posted online Wednesday. “Our researchers aim to contribute to social order and human peace and well-being, and we will not carry out military ...
I had timed our trip to make it to Kyoto for the Ohmato Taikai, a 400-year-old Kyudo archery competition held on the second Sunday of January. We approached the wood-gabled entrance to Sanjusangen-do temple in a state of semi-delirium, having survived twenty hours of travel the night before; we woke ...

Japan's superlative flower show – courtesy of the blossoming of its many beautiful cherry trees – usually starts from mid March in isolated locations, before the main event unfurls across Kyushu and Honshu over the last week of March and first week of April. The city of Kyoto's first cherry tree blooms, ...
“KYOTO*,” Tyga commented. That just happens to be the name of his new album, and since he capitalized it, the rapper is obviously taking advantage of some free advertising. That being said, he's not outwardly dissing the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, but it's definitely weird that he's still looking ...
OSAKA – A train operator in Kyoto has unveiled a new carriage featuring a huge golden oval on the front and a luxurious interior. Eizan Electric Railway Co. showed the train to the media on Wednesday, two weeks ahead of its March 21 launch on the Eizan Main Line. The train, named Hiei, is expected to ...
People in Kyoto turned up to the historic Shimogamo Shrine on Saturday to mark Girls' Day. March 3 is Hina Matsuri, or Girls' Day, in Japan. Families with young daughters often display a set of hina dolls on a tiered staircase. At the UNESCO World Heritage shrine, a man and woman dressed in ancient ...
With its rich colours, tradition, history and culture, Kyoto is a city which allows visitors a glimpse into the past. The city embodies the Japanese aesthetic concept of “wabi-sabi” – the art of finding beauty in transience or imperfection. It also happens to have one of the world's largest collections of Unesco ...
KYOTO – As residents and tourists in Kyoto complain more about higher prices, hotel shortages and crowds at train stations, shrines and temples, Kansai's corporate leaders are searching for ways to keep visitors coming. One way, they suggested recently, is to ensure people can experience what they call ...
After 52 minutes of Kyoto, it remains unclear what that story is. Instead of addressing the alienating nature of celebrity, or the motivations for his romantic choices, or the past (and maybe necessary) falsity of his public persona, Tyga mostly opts for bad puns and shallow platitudes. On “Temperature,” a ...
Aki Murase may live in the shadow of the Hira Mountains just north of Kyoto, but he'd happily spend the day indoors picking through his huge record collection or tinkering with the innards of a broken television. So it's perhaps no surprise that Murase has dedicated himself to creating terrariums -- Lilliputian ...
Kyoto University tied the University of Tokyo — moving up two spots from last year — for first place in the ranking of Japanese universities by Times Higher Education magazine. Coming in third and fourth were Tohoku University, in Miyagi Prefecture, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, respectively.
We're all for strolling around Kyoto—indeed, Japan's ancient capital is one of the country's most walkable cities. But starting March 29, one of the best "new" ways to see Kyoto will actually be, well, pretty old: For the first time in 67 years, boating through the scenic Lake Biwa Canal will be permitted, which ...
Malebranche, a well-established patisserie based in Kyoto's Kitayama district, is known for its Mont Blanc and green tea-flavored “Cha no Ka” cat tongue. The patisserie opened a shop specializing in chocolate in 2014 after remodeling a traditional Kyoto-style “machiya” wooden house in the Gion district.

A Japanese organization that provides scholarships to orphaned children has decided to set up in Kyoto city an education facility for African children who have lost their parents. The Ashinaga organization has been providing educational support to African orphans for 4 years. It will work with Kyoto city ...
... Shiga Prefecture, was stabbed in the right side of his chest and confirmed dead after being taken to a hospital. A 45-year-old man, also from Otsu, suffered a serious injury from a cut to his left arm, but the injury is not life-threatening. The Kyoto Prefectural Police Department, which received an emergency ...
In Kyoto, Japan last night, Brownies and Lemonade held an OWSLA showcase to honor the label's pop up store which was featured in the city over the last few days. On the bill? None other than the label boss himself. Brownies and Lemonade asked for a laughably low number of RTs in order to live stream ...
The startled animal ran off in the direction of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, plunged into a Nijo Castle moat three kilometers away and drowned. The castle in Nakagyo Ward is a World Heritage site. On Dec. 4, five wild boars were spotted near Eikando Zenrinji temple and Nanzenji temple in Sakyo Ward.
KYOTO – In an apparent case of food poisoning earlier this month, 70 people came down with symptoms after eating at a hot springs inn in Kyoto and eight were found to be infected by the norovirus, the Kyoto Prefectural Government said Saturday. The Kyoto Prefectural Government ordered the inn to ...
A Japanese company has developed an easy way for people in communities to participate in agriculture through the internet, with its demonstration farm becoming a gathering place for local residents in Kyoto. Toray Construction Co., a real estate and construction company, came up with a “sharing” ...
The Indonesian managing director of furniture and homeware retailer W. Atelier has lived in Singapore for 13 years. He and his wife, Ms Katherine Halim, 31, have two daughters, Kelly, four, and Alice, two. Favourite destination: Kyoto, Japan. Many things make Japan special, but the very polite and ...
People in Kyoto and Osaka held traditional year-end events to pray for a good new year. Buddhist monks and mountain priests from Sanzen-in Temple in Kyoto's Ohara district go around the neighborhood on December 23rd every year asking locals for donations. About 60 monks and priests in 4 groups ...
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Shijo is offering an accommodation plan commemorating its launch on April 13. The hotel boasts 127 rooms, including those on the top premium floor, produced by Hirsch Bedner Associates, a hospitality design firm headquartered in California. Located in the center of Kyoto, the ...
KYOTO--Temple bells usually start being tolled on New Year's Eve, but here the deep, somber sound echoed around a temple four days earlier. Seventeen Buddhist priests heaved an enormous wooden hammer to strike the giant 70-ton bell at Chionin temple, the head temple of Jodo Shu (the Pure Land ...
Photo/Illutration Amenbodo's “karinto” snack is available in various flavors: from left, vegetable, sweet potato, wasabi and brown sugar. (Ryoji Tsuchiya). Traditional snack food “karinto” usually comes in a brown sugar flavor, but fans of the treat should try it with a different twist. Amenbodo Co. offers karinto ...
Television footage showed a wild boar charging around a classroom, bashing its snout against a window in an apparent attempt to escape the school in the city of Kyoto. Meanwhile, the other boar was taking a soothing dip in the school's outdoor pool, as stunned pupils looked on. "I was very surprised to ...
Gion is the famous geisha district of Kyoto and draws tourists — local and international alike. Ancient wooden structures dot its quiet alleys and are a source of great intrigue with tea houses that have lasted generations without as much as a name board. These exclusive ochaya, tea houses, where geishas ...
Think you know your coffee? Upon walking into Maeda Coffee, you might just start to doubt everything that you once knew. That's because Maeda Coffee, founded by Takahiro Maeda in Kyoto in 1971 (the same year that Starbucks was founded in Seattle), personally selects the brand's coffee beans from ...
Kyoto University has a strong graduate program in American Literature, and this residency also gave me the freedom to read and write and explore the city. I'd always wanted to live in a foreign country and had never had a junior year or sabbatical abroad, so I jumped at the chance. I'm glad I chose the fall ...
Joraku pits players in the role of Daimyos marching towards Kyoto, scoring points along the way in order to become the most prestigious, and ...
Autumn foliage in its full glory trembling in the breeze reflects on a polished tabletop on the second floor at Rurikoin temple in Kyoto's Sakyo ...
Photo/Illutration Naoko Pogede, left, who is a “City of Kyoto Visitors Host,” imparts historical information to non-Japanese tourists outside the ...
Medical doctor and BRW young rich lister Sam Prince opens Kid Kyoto restaurant on Monday, November 20 and admits to a few ...
From the Daimonjiyama hilltop overlooking the city, Kyoto in the sunset has the dimly lit charm of a spotlit rock garden. The carpet of rooftops ...
With Byodoin temple in Kyoto Prefecture illuminated a night for the first time, special guests experience the World Heritage site in a new light ...
You could forgive Kyoto a degree of second city syndrome, if it had it. Kyoto, after all, has a third of the land area of Tokyo, one-sixth its ...
Yesterday, Michelin revealed its 2018 stars for Kyoto and Osaka. The guide to the two Japanese cities includes a total of 412 restaurants, down ...
The tallying of dates and figures of the Kyoto National Museum's current exhibition is as striking as the aesthetic experience. Now is the 120th ...
Anime movie Sound! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody opened in Japan on September 20th. Free! - Take Your Marks - opened on October 28th ...
Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck graced the Bhutan-Kyoto University 60th Anniversary Memorial Symposium on ...
Kyoto Animation's work isn't quite like anyone else's. The style of its animation and storytelling separate the studio from the majority of other ...
Jeffrey Brez, Chief of NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events of DPI, 3rd from right, and Kaoru Nemoto, Director of UNIC Tokyo, 4th from ...
From exploring an iconic miso factory to eating a stunning kaiseki meal, chef Oliver Lange from Zuma shares the highlights of his trip to Kyoto, ...
KYOTO, Japan (NBC) — A pair of wild boars charged into a Kyoto school Monday morning, wreaking havoc and disrupting classes. The nearly three-foot-long boars raced about Higashiyama Middle School and High School. Students were evacuated. One male student said he freaked out when his friend ...
On Dec. 11, 1997, representatives from over 150 nations gathered in Kyoto to hammer out what would become the world's first international agreement to control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide. In a marathon nearly two-week negotiating session that ran into the early ...
Global Agents Co., LTD has just announced a new hotel in Kyoto's bustling Kawaramachi district looksto leave its mark on Japan's Capsule ...
Kyoto is best known around the world for all its beautifully preserved shrines and temples, but in amongst the traditional landscape you'll find a ...


 

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