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 →

Experience: Tosenkyo at Hangesho Fan Shop

On my trip to Kyoto earlier this month, I was faced with a rather rainy forecast. So, turning to the internet and my trusty research skills, I tracked down this article on a fan shop in the Miyagawa-cho neighborhood of Kyoto that taught visitors an age-old fan throwing game. So, with umbrella and good friend/frequent travel... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: March 2015

March was another fortunate month of travel and it was hard to pick a favorite shot. I was going to use a shot of the beautiful Hori Teien, a hidden garden located outside of Tsuwano in rural Shimane Prefecture. But then I went to Kyoto ... and of course, in the city that never ceases... Continue Reading →

Experience: Miyako Odori

Kyoto is home to five hanamachi, or geisha neighborhoods. Every year, each neighborhood's geisha (or geiko, as they are known in Kyoto) and maiko put on a demonstration of their accomplished skills. Tickets sell out quick but last year, I was lucky enough to score a pair of tickets for a Sunday afternoon show by the... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: April 2014

I've always been lucky on my trips to Kyoto and nearly every single time, I've spotted a maiko. My trip up to Nara and Kyoto earlier this month was no different. I had bumped into a lovely American couple in the Ninenzaka just a few hours before and was explaining to them the best places... Continue Reading →

Better Know a Neighborhood: Gion (Kyoto)

As evening falls in Kyoto, there's no where else I would rather be than wandering the streets of the Gion neighborhood. This is quintessential Kyoto at its best - willows and cherry trees hang over a languid canal; light filters out the slatted windows of wooden ochaya (teahouses); maiko and geisha dart back and forth on cobbled streets... Continue Reading →

Experience: Gion Corner (Kyoto)

While I was in Kyoto last month, I attended a show at the Gion Corner. I must admit, staged performances like this are not always the kind of activity I look for as a tourist. Maybe it came from a few years of leading large group package tours to places around Asia (and suffering through... Continue Reading →

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