Kyoto

Explore Japanese Handicrafts in Kyoto

Aug 21st, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Kyoto, Travel

Get your hands dirty!  Well, maybe not dirty but get some paint on them and learn about Japanese traditional crafts by making some yourself in the historic city of Kyoto. You will walk away with a better understanding and appreciation for the art forms than you will get from any museum – and you’ll have [...]



Zen Gardens – Pockets of Tranquility

Jun 8th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Kyoto, Parks, Gardens & Nature

The beauty and tranquility of a well designed karesansui or dry garden is often spoken of but seldom experienced.  Take some time to visit one in person or simply meditate for a moment upon the images below from some of Japan’s most famous Zen gardens. Banryutei Rock Garden Image Credit: Flickr, Zen garden / Koya [...]



Kyoto International Manga Museum

Apr 3rd, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Events, Kyoto, Museums

Since the latter half of the 1980s, Japanese manga and animation have been increasing popular around the world.  More and more works are translated into other languages, manga is used in advertising materials and in the creation of public relations campaigns and has even made it’s way into Japanese textbooks.  Manga is even being used [...]



So You Want To Become A Geisha?

Mar 11th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Kyoto, Lifestyle

A Geisha is a woman trained in the traditional arts of Japan which include dance, song and the playing of musical instruments who must first serve as a Maiko or apprentice Geisha.  Maiko training involves a four to five year commitment and a passion for traditional Japanese arts and culture. So is the Geisha lifestyle [...]



Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Pictures

Feb 20th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Kyoto, Tokyo and Vicinity

There are eleven cultural and three natural  UNESCO World heritage sites in Japan.  All of them offer visitors the chance to learn about the culure, ancient architecture, lifestyles and beliefs of the Japanese people.  At the same time their breathtaking beauty will take leave you in awe – enjoy these images from Japan’s UNESCO World [...]



Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Japan

Nov 28th, 2008 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo and Vicinity

A Visit Japan campaign was launched by the Japanese government with the establishment of the Japan Tourism Agency in October of this year.  The Visit Japan campaign is aiming to increase the number of annual visitors to from the 6 million that came in 2007 to 10 million by 2010 .  So where do most [...]