Game Review: Tokaido

A few years ago, my brother and sister-in-law gifted us with the board game Tokaido, a game based on the old "highway" that linked Kyoto and the shogun's capital of Edo. The game sat in our cabinet for entirely too long (5 year olds don't listen to complicated game explanations) until guilt ate away too... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Kashiwai (Kyoto)

Alright, I'll admit it, I am a sucker for good food photography. If you can style your food and photograph it in such a manner that it makes me start drooling all over the page/screen, you've done your job VERY well. It does also help to have a "gimmick". Not in the way that you're... Continue Reading →

Experience: Gion Night Walk

Just this past weekend, I braved the heat and made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for a solo adventure. I'm not really a fan of traveling Japan in the summertime but I never turn down the chance to get in a chance to visit one of my favorite cities in the world. Having so much time... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Kodomo Miraikan (Kyoto)

Some travel professionals will try to convince you that there are a host of activities to do with kids in Kyoto. I have decided that these well-intentioned travel professionals don't have kids of their own ūüôā Kyoto is a city that has fascinating temples and shrines, beautiful gardens and delicious food. But in all honesty,... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Nikiniki (Kyoto)

Most visitors to Kyoto can't help but taste the old capital's specialty sweet -¬†yatsuhashi. While traditional yatsuhashi is a hard cinnamon-flavored cookie, the stands that line the road up to Kiyomizu Temple do a brisk business in both selling and offering samples of the nama¬†(raw) version -¬†a chewy,¬†glutinous¬†confectionary. Namayatsuhashi are normally shaped like a triangle... Continue Reading →

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