Stop right there, this post carries a serious Kawaii warning! That is all . .  proceed at your own risk . . Imagine my delight, on the back streets of Gion in Kyoto  ..  That’s right, it’s Hello Kitty food!! Tiny little sugary cute kitten faces with unidentified pink stuff . . OMG kitten iceContinue reading “KAWAII KITTYS!!!!!”

Pure water temple

Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally “Pure Water Temple”) is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan and that’s where we’re headed next. It’s a perfect excuse to retrace our steps through the beautiful cobbled streets of Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka. These are to be found in the Higashiyama District which is one of Kyoto’s best preserved historic districts.Continue reading “Pure water temple”

Careening around Kyoto

Here’s a quick dump and run of some of the sights to be had in the back streets and riverside of Kyoto. More painted privacy screens, serene trainee Geisha and traditional architecture. Once again we take a detour down into the traditional Gion heart of Kyoto to enjoy the clean, calm architecture on show. WeContinue reading “Careening around Kyoto”

Nishiki Market

Almost opposite our hotel in Kyoto is Nishiki Market. A sprawling warren of food stalls begging to be explored. Known to locals as “Kyoto’s pantry”, Nishiki Market is one of the best traditional food market in the city. There are plenty of traditional shops to give you a glimpse of what a traditional shotengai (shoppingContinue reading “Nishiki Market”

Tiny lucky charms

Having conquered the Inari mountain and negotiated the endless winding corridors of orange Tori gates we head back into the rest of the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine complex. There is a fascinating story attached to the origin of the shrine. The legend goes, a rice cake was shot into the air, which turned into aContinue reading “Tiny lucky charms”

Colourful clothing and consumerism

As we pass through the streets of Kyoto I stealthily snap away at some of the beautiful, colourful ladies parading in traditional costume. Locals and tourists alike enjoy hiring these elaborate outfits. The women we spot are mainly wearing Yukata. These are inexpensive, informal summer robe for summer that’s popular for cherry blossom viewing parties, festivals andContinue reading “Colourful clothing and consumerism”

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a brightly coloured, busy temple in the heart of Kyoto’s tourist district. It’s one of the most visited temples in the city so prepare for crowds! This orange and green beacon of worship is thronged with visitors who swarm up its steps from the neighbouring shopping streets. Over 1200 years have passedContinue reading “Kiyomizu-dera Temple”

Shopping, shrines and sweeties

We’re back in Kyoto in the gorgeous shopping streets of Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka. The names Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka, mean ‘Two-Year Hill’ and ‘Three-Year Hill’ . These are referring to the ancient imperial years when they were first laid out. Legend has it that you will die within two years if you fall down on Ninen-zaka and youContinue reading “Shopping, shrines and sweeties”

Captivating Kyoto

Leaving Hiroshima behind the next stop on our tour is the fascinating city of Kyoto. A heady mix of bustling modern city and hauntingly beautiful traditions. Before we even get into the city however I am distracted (it doesn’t take much TBH) with a selection of colourful magazines. Then a cute little shrine, festooned with moreContinue reading “Captivating Kyoto”