Category Archives: Kyoto

A Unique Tea Experience

I’m not a coffee guy. I much prefer tea. Before I moved to Japan in 2012, I thought “green tea” was just the generic tea served in Japan that happened to be green. Once I got here, I realized that there is a whole world of tea waiting to be discovered if you have the patience and palate to appreciate it. And the real gem of the Japanese tea universe is matcha, a thick, frothy drink made from powdered tea leaves that features a very strong taste.

But as much as I love tea – and even after I had tried matcha numerous times here – I was never so interested in the actual tea ceremony itself. I had heard that it was slow and rather dull, full of intricate movements beyond my appreciation and ceremony for the sake of ceremony. For whatever reason, I had the image that it was something that was very one-sided, meaning that to sit a watch a tea master perform the ceremony as a onlooker would be uninteresting and feel very distant.

How wrong I was.

In late 2016, I met a fellow foreigner named Tyas Sosen who has devoted his life to the craft of tea. …continue reading


People’s Climate March Kyoto; April 30th 2017

Source: deep kyoto

Here’s the good word from Aileen Mioko Smith:

The new Donald Trump administration has attacked the hard-won protections of our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, young people, and more.

A new wave of protests larger than at almost any other point in history is fighting back — let’s make sure that we mark the 100th day of his presidency with another mass action that stands up for our communities, including in Japan.

Join us on April 30th at 12pm at Bukkoji Kouen. Let’s march together.

Date: Sunday April 30th
Place: From Bukkoji Kouen to Kyoto City Hall
Time: Meet at Noon at Bukkoji Kouen (near Shijo/Kawaramachi)
Bring a placard.
The demo ends at Kyoto City Hall by around 1pm.
Directions to Bukkoji Kouen (park):
From Shijo Kawaramachi intersection, go south to first signal, turn east.

Please spread the word!


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Music on the Edge of Silence: Shakuhachi Concert with Adrian Freedman

Source: deep kyoto

A solo shakuhachi concert with Adrian Freedman in the beautiful garden of Eiun-In temple, part of the Kurodani temple complex in Kyoto.

April 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Eiun-In temple, Kyoto-shi, Sakyou-ku, Kurodani-cho 33, Kyoto, Kyoto Japan +Google Map
Tickets on the door: ¥2,000

Bridget Scott says, ‘A friend of mine, who lived here many years ago and is a shakuhachi player is returning for a concert at Eiu-in on 13th April. Adrian Freedman has been back recently in the past few years and has performed at Robert Yellin’s studio… He is an incredible musician… his shakuhachi playing really is “music of the edge of silence”. ‘

Adrian Freedman says, “It’s been more than 20 years since the first concerts I gave in this beautiful, tranquil, secluded garden. ancient and new music for shakuhachi … gentle tones of spring earth awakening … spirit of stillness … following the breath, following the heart … from sound to silence … ”

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