Monday, May 25, 2009

Best Starbucks in Kyoto

From this Starbucks cafe, you can see the Rokkakudo Temple!!!
It's raining today...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gion Festival

Gion festival is one of the biggest festivals in Japan which begins on July 1st and ends on July 31st. The Gion Festival started in 869 AD when a real bad plague spread in Kyoto area. The plague soon ended after the festival, and Gion festival became extremely popular! Yes, Gion Festival began, to stop plagues!!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Shin-cha Season

Shin-cha means New Tea. May is the month of "tea picking." New leaves are like jewels of green tea that you get only for two weeks of the year. Tea fields of Uji City in Kyoto are full of fresh green tea fragrance!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Kawadoko opened on May 1st!

"Kawadoko" means platforms over the river on stilts that diners sit on while they enjoy their meal. Kawadoko is a tradition in Kyoto dating back to the Edo period, when wealthy merchants placed low tables on the riverside of the Kamo River to entertain their guests. If you visit Kyoto in summer, please enjoy Kyoto's traditional Kawadoko cuisine!