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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…

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…

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…