About tea field tours at farm, Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

Ian

Intern Simona at Obubu Tea wrote a nice article on the tea field tour that Obubu gives. (We helped Obubu set up their internship programme in 2011, and their tea field tour for foreign travelers way back in 2010. Glad to see that it is...

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Chagenkyo Matsuri – Wazuka, Kyoto’s Teatopia Festival

Ian

Held on the first weekend of November in Wazuka, Kyoto, the Teatopia Festival is organized by our partners at Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. Chagenkyo Festival is an ancient agricultural festival that was first called the “Green Fest”. Over time it has taken many different forms...

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VIDEO: Kibune Jaya, A Kyoto Tea House on the Kibune River

Ian

If you’re planning a trip this summer to Kyoto, Japan, visit the path to the Kibune shrine. Visit any one of the restaurants for lunch on the river (on platforms called kawadoko, literally “river floor”), but do stop by the Kibune Chaya tea house! One...

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The origin of manga? Special exhibition at Kyoto National Museum

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Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Humans (Chōjū giga) is a national treasure consisting of a set of four scrolls, known to have been produced in the late Heian period (794-1185) to Kamakura period (1185-1333). Owned by the Kozan-ji temple in Kyoto, established by a Kamakura...

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Japanese Culture: Obon – a special week in August

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Obon, an annual Buddhist festival in Japan, plays an important role in the Japanese culture. The spirits of ancestors are said to return to this world during obon, so the family prepares to welcome back and then to see the spirits off. Although it is...

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Layered matcha cake photo from Malebranche Cafe in Kyoto

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We are partnering with a major matcha factory from Uji, Kyoto, and they were gracious enough to show us a number of examples of matcha sweets that are popular in Kyoto (using their matcha of course). While still a small business of around 60 employees,...

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