Category Archives: Kyoto

Christmas Dinner at Tadg’s 2019

Source: deep kyoto

Folks in Kyoto hankering for a traditional Christmas will be delighted to know that Tadg McLoughlin will once again be serving up a full gala Christmas dinner with all the trimmings at Taigu Craft Beer Pub.

Christmas dinner will be served up on two days: the 24th and 25th with three servings at 18.00, 19.00 and 20.00. Dinner includes seasonal soup and Irish soda bread (oh yes!), a platter with smoked salmon, prosciutto, and mozzarella cheese caprese, Hokkaido venison loin steak, yuzu sherbert, turkey, and gateau au chocolat to complete the feast.

Book this dinner while you can at 075 213 0214!
Taigu (aka Tadg’s craft beer pub) is located on the east side of Kiyamachi just a short walk north of Oike. Here is a map showing the location.

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Fifth Annual Writers in Kyoto Writing Competition Now Open for Entries

Source: deep kyoto

Writers in Kyoto (WiK) have announced the opening of the Fifth Annual Kyoto Writing Competition. Submissions are accepted from anywhere in the world.

THEME: Kyoto (English language submissions only)
DEADLINE: March 31st, 2020 (Midnight JST)
GENRE: Short Shorts (unpublished material only)
WORD LIMIT: 300 Words (to fit on a single page)
FORM: Short poems, character studies, essays, travel tips, whimsy, haiku sequence, haibun, wordplays, dialogue, experimental verse, etc. In short, anything that helps show the spirit of place in a fresh light.

A variety of exciting prizes are waiting for the winners, including a 30,000 yencash prize, publication in the upcoming WiK Anthology, a selected ceramic piece from the famed Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery, and more.

For more details of submission requirements please follow this link:

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Revisiting Shinmachi

Source: deep kyoto

Here is the latest installment from Edward J. Taylor‘s ongoing exploration of Kyoto’s streets.

a gallery entrance

Back in my piece about the Gion Festival, I mentioned that I was intending to revisit Shinmachi, due to its old-timey shopping arcade that I often patronized during the three years when I lived close-by. Had I reread my own words, I would have forgone starting the walk at its origins, where the road is birthed from the conjunction of the Kamogawa and the Kyoto Jūkan Expressway. I somehow tricked myself into believing that I’d find something interesting south of Kyoto Station, but once again all I find are factories and metallic monuments to industry, here in the historical and cultural desert that is this part of the city. At least the autumn weather proves more pleasant to walk beneath.

Nintendo Headquarters

The lack of inspiration quickly drives me forward. The Nintendo building looks a lot like a Rubik’s Cube, symbolic of the type of games that the company eventually supplanted. Across from the Terrsa conference center, I stop for a few minutes to watch a group of working-age men play baseball, the sport being the only thing that ever makes me homesick. After the game, the players might make their way to a nearby public bathhouse popular with tourists and locals alike, the Taisho-yu, which undoubtedly originated during that period, though I can find nothing to corroborate this.

I again face the gauntlet that is an overly touristed Kyoto Station. Then I am back out on the street, quickly find Shinmachi again, and turn north. Above Shichijō the road grows narrow, probably as wide as all Kyoto’s streets had been before the …continue reading


Autumn Hiking & Rubbish Collection with PTO Conservation Group Dec. 1st 2019

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This Sunday (December 1st) local conservation group, People Together for Mt. Ogura (PTO) will be holding a hiking and rubbish clearance event on Mount Ogura in Kyoto’s Sagano district. This from their website:

In the vicinity of Mt. Ogura’s northern flank, especially at Rokucho Pass, we are working to remove large quantities of illegally dumped rubbish that has built up over decades. It contains large items such as motorbikes, bicycles, automobile tires, furniture, mattresses, televisions, refrigerators and washing machines.

Here are the details of Sunday’s event from our friend Stephen Gill:

This time, we will clear illegally dumped rubbish found along autumn-coloured Rokucho Pass (northern flank of Mt. Ogura above the Hozu River Gorge). This is part of the Tokai Long-distance Nature Trail). We welcome anyone and the event is free. Reservations unnecessary.

Rendezvous: ticket barrier JR Saga-Arashiyama Station by 9:55. P

Disperse: vicinity of JR Saga-Arashiyama Station around 16:15.

Bring/wear: walking shoes, weatherproof clothing, sweat towel, small backpack containing lunch and drink. Work gloves, all tools and instruction will be provided.

If in doubt about the weather, ring Gill 080 5334 0990 after 8.10am on Sun. morning.

Fore more details of PTO’s activities and future schedule please visit their website:

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