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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Bonsai, the art of potted miniature tree

mariko

Bonsai, with its history for over a thousand years in Japan, is a miniature tree in a pot, cultivated and shaped to create a specific form. It is both the art of creating and enjoying the miniature tree. Bonsai needs great care in cultivation and...

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Traveling in Japan: Shirakawa-go, the World Heritage Site in the deep mountains

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Shirakawa-go is a small traditional Japanese village located in Gifu prefecture. The site was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Building seen in this small mountain village is a style known as gassho-zukuri, thatched roof houses, designed to withstand the heavy snow that...

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Matcha baking idea: matcha roll cake

Ian

The matcha roll cake with cream in the center is a staple at many Japanese cafés. Japan doesn’t have establishments called tea houses or “Chaya” except for a few that carry on the old tradition in Kyoto for geisha. Instead there are a number of...

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Good morning #Japan

Ian

A scene from a commuter train transfer point in Kanagawa (just outside of Tokyo)

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Green Tea Restaurant opening in Ochanomizu, Tokyo

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GREEN TEA RESTAURANT 1899 OCHANOMIZU will open on August 1, 2014. The restaurant is produced by Ryumeikan, a company managing and producing hotels and restaurants. Their concept is “preparing” and “tasting” Japanese tea. Located in a business district, the hours are from 6:30 am to...

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The 88th night: A Japanese tea tradition

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“Hachi-jyu-hachiya” is the 88th day after Risshun. Risshun is the day that Spring begins on Japan’s lunar calender. Currently, it is on February 4th. In other words, “Hachi-jyu-hachiya” is the 88th day of Spring, and is somewhere around May 2nd (There is a one day difference...

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EVENT: Sayama-cha Tea Picking Festival

Ian

2014 Annual Sayamacha Tea Picking Festval will be held at the end of May.

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Restaurant: Bissori (Italian/Korean)

mariko

Bissori An old Japanese-style house rebuilt into a tranquil and spacious restaurant. Their wide selection of wine can be enjoyed with Italian/ Korean dishes. The unusual setting of eating at an old Japanese-style house will be a one of a kind experience. Please enjoy the...

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Restaurant: Kanda Shinpachi (Japanese, sake)

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Kanda Shinpachi 神田新八 Fresh seafood is gathered from all over Japan, offering seasonal dishes. Our fresh vegetables provided by our contracted farmer is Tokyo-raised and recommended as well. We have a wide selection of over 80 types of nihon-shu (sake, Japanese wine), with some nihon-shu...

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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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Traveling in Japan: Mt. Fuji

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Mt. Fuji, also known as the Fujiyama, is probably one of the top images foreigners relate to when thinking of Japan. Designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beautiful mountain resides on two prefectures: Shizuoka (the number one tea production region in Japan) and...

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