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2009.11.02 Kamogawa River in Kyoto

gionshijo kamogawa
The scnenery of Gion-shijo(祇園四条) in Kyoto(京都), the clear water of Kamogawa river running through the blue sky

  1. 2009/11/02(月) 07:31:45|
  2. Kyoto 京都
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2009.10.24 Misoshiru, the traditional soup

Misoshiru(味噌汁), or Miso soup is not a high class food but a popular home made menu in Japan for a long, long time. It is the soup that usually fish based soup with miso paste(fermented soy bean paste), and various ingredients as Tofu(bean curd), vegetables, and so on.
This is a menu of the restaurant "Shirukou志る幸" in Kyoto, which serves various special Misoshiru(味噌汁). Japanese traditional dishes are like orchestra. I mean, each dish has own character and they create a harmony in total. Misoshiru(味噌汁) shows its fine taste and effectiveness especially when you enjoy all dishes including rice altoghether.
The entrance of Shirukou志る幸.

<info of Shirukou志る幸>
Menu: Rikyu-bentou 利休弁当(seen at the picture above) 2415yen
11:30~14:30, 17:00~20:30(Monday to Friday)
11:30~20:30 (Sat, Sun, other holidays)
Address: 京都府京都市下京区西木屋町四条上ル真町100
Map: here

  1. 2009/10/24(土) 16:52:16|
  2. Kyoto 京都
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2009.10.21 Countless wishes at Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari(伏見稲荷) is a shrine in Kyoto. The history dates back to 711. The shrine is the headquarter of all 30,000 Inari shrines(稲荷神社) in Japan. They were built for the sake of good harvest and good business. You can see the shape of gates at all shrines in Japan, meaning the gate from the place where people live to where gods live.
Although you can usually see one or a few gates at shrine, Here at Fushimi inari(伏見稲荷) there are so many gates, called "Sen-bon Torii"(千本鳥居: thousands of shrine's gates). Actually, the number of them at the shrine has reached 10,000 now!
Each of them was buillt as donation by someone who thanked that one's wishe had granted, or who made a wish to come true.
Which way do you want to go?
The endless gates as our countless wishes.
At every Inari shrine, there're two statues of fox as servants for the god. They like fried bean-curd, and that's why a Japanese food "fried bean-curd stuffed with boiled rice" is calld O-Inari-san"(お稲荷さん)in Japanese. If you want to see the picture of it, click here.
The sunset from Fushimi Inari shrine

<Info of Fushimi Inari 伏見稲荷>
Address: 68, Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto, JAPAN
MAP: Here
Official website: Here
Entrance fee: free

  1. 2009/10/21(水) 23:46:53|
  2. Kyoto 京都
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2009.10.01 Koryu-ji temple

Koryu-ji 広隆寺 in Kyoto京都, is said to be first built in the 7th century.
Going to the road, in the building on the left, you can see the famous national treasure in Japan.
The national treasure statue, 弥勒菩薩半跏像, a wooden statue made by hand in the 7th century.
source: Wikipedia

Address: 京都市右京区太秦蜂岡町32
Open: 9:00~17:00 (winter season ~16:30)
Fee: When you enter the building Reihouden霊宝殿, where many national statues are, you need to pay 700yen. Just waking through the garden is free.

  1. 2009/10/01(木) 07:00:25|
  2. Kyoto 京都
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