Posts by: K.S. Takagaki

Snow in Kyoto: January 15, 2017

Snow in Kyoto     In Kyoto it started snowing in the evening of Saturday, January 14, 2017. It fell quite heavily through Sunday, and continued intermittently until Monday night. There were even a couple of flurries on Tuesday. The Internet…

The surprising variety of Kyoto’s wildlife

Encounters with Kyoto’s wildlife are astounding. Take a peek at the little fellow in this photo!   Just the other day, I saw the pictured tanuki (a Japanese raccoon) on a street south of Yasaka Shrine while walking with my friends after lunch at…

Why not visit Maruyama Park in Kyoto?

  Yesterday I strolled through Maruyama Park in Kyoto. Although it was sunny, the breeze was carrying the faintest autumn chill. A few of the leaves in the area already have a hint of colour. It was a lovely day to wander around….

Price increase

For the first time since opening, the rent at Ebisu’s Kyoto International Guesthouse will increase from January 1st, 2017. The rate for a 6-mat room will change from JPY43,000 to JPY45,000 per month. This price rise reflects the increasing utility…

Tokonoma

Tokonoma

There is a special place in Japanese houses dedicated to displaying a seasonal treasure, such as a vase, a bonsai, or a scroll. This special place is called the “tokonoma”. In this picture, a vase of cosmos grace the tokonoma,…

Hiyayakko

Hiyayakko

It occurred to me today that a) we’ve been eating dinner at home exclusively for months, and b) that we have had hiyayakko (tofu topped with spring onion, shaved fish, and other things) every day.  It makes for a great snack, a…