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Higashiyama Walking Course in Takayama

Posted on October 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Since my ryokan was located near the former site of Takayama Castle (Shiroyama Park), I was able to enjoy a tranquil stroll along the Higashiyama Walking Course before I left the city. Unlike the busy city centre, I hardly saw anyone as I walked past various temples and shrines, as well as [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with nature, temples, walking, Hida Takayama


Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Toothpicker

The view of the city from my room in the morning
 
I am not sure if it was due to the weather or flocks of tourists, but I was slightly disappointed with Takayama city centre after spending an afternoon walking around. Luckily, I woke up the next day and the clouds have cleared [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, ceramics & potteries, Japan, Folk arts & Mingei and was tagged with Markets, traditional crafts, folk arts & craft, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, ceramics & potteries, Hida Takayama


Mino washi museum & Akari Art Gallery

Posted on September 27, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
 
One of places I wanted to visit in Mino was the Mino washi museum. Yet the museum is located about half an hour's drive from the town centre, and there are no buses that could get me there. After enquiring at the tourist office (inside a washi paper stationery shop), the [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Paper art & craft, Art, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Japanese art, Japan, washi paper and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, museums, paper craft, Mino, washi paper, akari, paper lanterns


The art of shibori at Bunzaburo in Kyoto

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Toothpicker

Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten's flagship store in Kyoto
 
When I was going through my pile of leaflets/ business cards that I picked up from my previous trips to Kyoto, one particular leaflet caught my attention. It was from Bunzaburo, a tie-dyed/ shibori (the term means “to squeeze or wring”)  company in Kyoto. Oddly enough [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary craft, Design, Japan, Textiles, shibori and was tagged with Japanese designs, shopping, Kyoto, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, Shopping guide, textiles, shibori


Gardens, temples, and zazen in Kyoto

Posted on September 9, 2018 by Toothpicker

A view of Tofukuji's Tsutenkyo Bridge
 
It is on every tourist's itinerary to visit at least one/two karesansui (dry landscape garden) in Kyoto, but during the peak season, it is best to avoid the famous ones and head for the less crowded gardens. A few years ago, I visited Kyoto in February and [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Gardens & parks, Japan and was tagged with nature, Kyoto, gardens, temples, Zen Buddhism, zen gardens, zazen


Kaikado tea caddies shop & cafe in Kyoto

Posted on September 7, 2018 by Toothpicker

Since I only had four days in kyoto (including a day out at Miho museum with my friend), I didn't manage to fit much shopping in. Hence I targeted a few shops either close to where I was staying or near a sight I wanted to visit. One of the shops that [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary craft, Design, Japan and was tagged with Japanese designs, Kyoto, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, Shopping guide, cafes, Kaikado


Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum in Kyoto

Posted on September 3, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
 
I have wanted to visit Japanese potter, Kawai Kanjiro's former house - now his Memorial Museum for a long time. Yet for some reason, I never made it until this trip... it was a timely visit as the museum was like a quiet sanctuary compared to hassle and bustle in the [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Calligraphy, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Japanese art, ceramics & potteries, Carving, Japan, Folk arts & Mingei and was tagged with museums, Kyoto, folk arts & craft, Japanese architecture, calligraphy, pottery, wood carving, Kawai Kanjiro museum


Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (last day)

Posted on August 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

Japanese breakfast at Minshuku Momofuku in Koguchi
 
After having a big Japanese breakfast at Minshuku Momofuku, I was ready for my last hike of the pilgrimage trail. Mr Nakazawa warned me about the first stretch of the hike, which requires a steep climb of 800 metres in elevation over 5km. This [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Markets, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with hiking, nature, Japan, Kumano Kodo, fish market


Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (Day 1)

Posted on August 28, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
 
After a restful night at the lovely Happiness Chikatsuyu, I was feeling mentally prepared for my pilgrimage walk. According to the map, the distance from Chikatusuyu to Hongu Taisha-mae is about 25 km/15.5 miles with an elevation of 650 meters at the highest point of the route. On paper, it doesn't [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with hiking, nature, Japan, Kumano Kodo


Japan's sacred mountain – Koyasan

Posted on August 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

 

Danjo Garan Temple complex
 
For a long time, I have been wanting to visit Mount Koya or Koyansan, a sacred mountain in the Wakayama region. It is the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism ( a Chinese-influenced esoteric sect), introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai. Located in the [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japan and was tagged with nature, Buddhism, gardens, temples, Japan, Shingon, Koyansan, Japanese garden


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