The big event from Writers in Kyoto (WiK) this autumn will be a Heritage and Tourism Symposium held at Ryukoku University’s Omiya Campus. This event includes individual presentations and a panel discussion. The featured speakers include the authors Alex Kerr, Amy Chavez and John Dougill together with Akie Hoshino (from the Agency for Cultural Affairs). This event will take place on November 8th, from 18.30 in Room 302 of the East Building, in the Omiya campus of Ryukoku University. The campus is located on Shichijo/Omiya and is a 12 minute walk JR Kyoto Station. The fee for the symposium is 500 yen or free for WiK members. For further information and details, please check the Writers in Kyoto website at: http://www.writersinkyoto.com/2019/05/nov-8-heritage-and-tourism/
The image above is of Nishonganji Temple and is by John Einarsen. All rights reserved.
Many thanks to Mayumi Sasaki of Ueyakato Landscape for contacting us about the following event.
The celebrated garden of Murin-an will be having a special evening opening this fall for a twilight garden party. While admiring the illuminated autumn foliage guests can listen to a talk by the garden concierge and enjoy drinks from a special bar counter serving both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Dates: 22nd – 24th November Time: 17.30 – 20.30 (Last entry at 20.00) Fee: 800 yen (not including drinks)
The concierge will give a 15 minute talk (in Japanese) at 18.30 and 19.30
No reservation is required!
Location: Murin-an is located on the southern side of Niomon Dori across the road from Kyoto Zoo. Here is a MAP of the location. For more details, please visit the official website.
Enjoying Onsen, Japan’s natural spas, is one of the great pleasures here. My husband and I went to Kinosaki Onsen which is 160km away to the north and 2.5 hours by express train from Kyoto City.
Besides the baths, there’s a tiny spot where you can try … …continue reading
Here’s the latest news direct from our friend Joshua Breakstone about his next big gig at Bonds Rosary:
“On September 6 it’s going to be a really special night at Bonds Rosary, “First Fridays” for 2 reasons:
1) The special guest coming to play with my trio that night is the great NY guitarist, Roni Ben-Hur who, believe it or not, will be making his first Japan tour. Roni’s played and recorded with the likes of Barry Harris, Lewis Nash, Charles McPherson, Diane Schuur, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, and many other jazz greats over the course of his career. It will be be a burning 2 guitar kind of night and a lot of fun too.
2) September 6 will also be a bit of a soubetsukai (going away party) for me as I’ll be leaving Kyoto and going back to the US in mid-September for an 8 week tour for the October release of my new recording. I’ll return to Kyoto in March of next year- and our “First Fridays” jazz series will resume in April.
I’d encourage you to reserve for this one by calling Bonds Rosary during their regular evening operating hours at (075)285-2859.”
Bonds Rosary is a 4 minute walk from Exit 1A of Hankyu Kawaramachi Station and a 30 second walk from Exit 7 of Gion-Shijo Station. Here is a MAP of the location.
Here is the latest installment from Edward J. Taylor‘s ongoing exploration of Kyoto’s streets.
The air rings with the chimey clang of the ubiquitous ‘theme song’ for the Gion festival, supplanting the rains that had taken center stage for the previous six weeks. At least, that’s how it usually works. Rainy season this year continues to linger, and a peek at the weather forecast shows a parade of blue umbrellas, at a time when the resident of Kyoto is thinking more of festival floats.
At a time when water proves a constant, it seems fitting that this month’s walk begins at the well at Nishiki Tenman-gū Shrine. The shrine serves as the spiritual heart of the renowned Nishiki market, which was built adjacent to the shrine due to the quality of the water from this very well. This is a surprise since matters of commerce are usually affiliated with the Inari fox gods, but here, just beside the well, rests the telltale ox that designates a Tenjin shrine, dedicated to the god of learning. The supine bovine honors the animal that, in 903, pulled the funeral cart of scholar Sugawara no Michizane along the roads of Kyushu, where the man had been banished. At one point the ox stubbornly lay down, and no amount of coaxing could get him moving again. Taken as an auspicious sign, a shrine was built on the spot: Dazaifu Tenmangū, of which all Tenmangū shrines serve as satellites.
And for a shrine whose origins are in immobility, this one proves to be a bit of a journeyman. Initially founded in 1003, it was moved to the city center by Toyotomi Hideyoshi during …continue reading