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Paper Doll Exhibition, Kyoto Nama Chocolat

Paper Doll Exhibition, Kyoto Nama Chocolat

 There is a very exciting exhibition being held at the Kyoto Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House in Okazaki, Kyoto until January 26, 2015 (Closed Tuesdays). The paper dolls created by Hisae KINOSHITA are being exhibited for the first time ever. Kinoshita-san…

Sounds of Silence?

Sounds of Silence?

  You may have thought that we dropped off the face of the planet, but we haven’t… At least not yet! We have had a few hitches computer-wise, and I have been away far too often this summer. On the…

The west side garden: A work in progress

The west side garden: A work in progress

    The west side garden is a work in progress. We’ve tried all kinds of solutions here, including going the Japanese garden way with azaleas lining the edge of the garden, roses, individual gardens for guests, and container gardening….

Rainy season

Rainy season

Rainy season has begun! In Japan, rainy season, or “tsuyu” is a time of falling ume plums, fun umbrellas, and cold somen noodles. If you want to experience all the types of rain mentioned in the movie Forest Gump, this is…

Happy Children’s Day!

Happy Children’s Day!

Happy Children’s Day! Every year on the fifth of May, Children’s Day is celebrated across Japan. If you are someone who has a strong interest in Japan and its culture then it is likely that you will want to experience…

Wintery evening walk

I took a wintery evening walk around Kenninji Temple and Hanamikoji in Gion. I got to Kenninji just on dusk, and by the time I had walked through the temple grounds, darkness had fallen. I took a lot of photographs to…

Put a spring in your step!

Put a spring in your step!

The beginning of the year brought some new projects. One of these is to make videos of the house, the neighbourhood, and unique events around Kyoto. Please remember that I am not a professional video maker… I really am just…

Free downloadable gift for you

Free downloadable gift for you

I’ve been working on this free downloadable gift for you, so there hasn’t been much blogging going on! Apologies! Kyoto has been really cold this year (although not as cold as Canada, the USA, and parts of Europe). It has…