Posts Tagged "kyoto"

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…

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….

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…

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….

Here comes Autumn!

Here comes Autumn!

November 1st, 2013 It is really autumn! The days are dramatic, either bright and sunny, or heavy with threatening grey skies. Warmer clothes have been unearthed, and feet are clad in socks and covered shoes. Farewell, my lovely sandals – until…