Category Archives: TRAVEL

Empty-Handed Fudo MyoO

While on my recent trip to Yamaguchi searching out the autumn colors I came across another unusual Fudo Myo. This statue is at the base of the steps leading up to Ryuzoji, and as you can see he has absolutely nothing in either hand. His hands appear to be in a mudra, which are the hand positions that Buddhas and other Buddhist deities use, often to indicate the nature of the particular figure

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Dumb Type Premiere New Work “2020” at ROHM Theatre, Kyoto – March 28th & 29th

Source: deep kyoto

Many thanks to Juliet Knapp of Kyoto Experiment for letting us know about this upcoming event.

Dumb Type Premiere “2020” at ROHM Theatre Kyoto 2020.3.28 (SAT) – 3.29 (SUN)

Legendary multimedia performance group Dumb Type have announced that the premiere of their first new work in 18 years will take place at Kyoto’s ROHM Theatre this coming March.

Comprising a diverse membership drawn from video, visual art, architecture, dance, design, music computer programming, Dumb Type was founded in 1984 and has since established a reputation at home and abroad for its multimedia performances and installations whose main creative figures and approaches shift each time. This performance marks its first new work since “Voyage” in 2002.

Dumb Type
Formed in 1984, Dumb Type is a group of artists comprised of members from various fields such as visual art, video, computer programming, music and dance. Based in Kyoto, participating members vary from project to project and works produced are unconstrained by existing genres, introduced at home and abroad as multimedia art that crosses all kinds of forms of expression. In parallel with performances, they also create installation works and in 2018 their solo exhibition “DUMB TYPE: ACTIONS + REFLEXIONS” was held at Pompidou Centre Metz (France). An updated version of this exhibition with new works and archive materials opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in November 2019 and continues until February 2020. Dumb Type Official Website:

Work in Progress (2002). Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue

Event Information:
Venue: South Hall, ROHM Theater Kyoto

KYOTO STEAM – International Arts × Science Festival – 2020
Dumb Type New Work (World Premiere) 2020

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Journey on the SL Taiju

Partners Information: Fancy taking a ride on a steam locomotive? You can on the SL Taiju, which operates in the Nikko/Kinugawa Onsen area.

Tobu Railway stopped operating steam locomotives in 1966, but in order to revitalise the Nikko/Kinugawa area, SL Taiju resumed operations in 2017.

The train runs from Nikko Shimoimaichi Station to Kinugawa Onsen Station.

Take a trip on the SL Taiju and experience the powerful sound of steam. Try an exclusive SL Taiju boxed (bento) meal.

Further information

Read all about the experience here.

Reserve your seats/tickets to the SL Taiju here.

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Tokyo Skytree Town Ice Skating Park 2020

Partners Information: Tokyo Skytree Town will open an ice skating rink on Saturday, 4 January 2020.

This winter, enjoy ice skating with a view of Tokyo Skytree!

There’s an economical ticket which includes entry to Tokyo Skytree’s observation decks.


Saturday, 4 January to Sunday, 8 March 2020

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 11am – 8pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 11am – 9pm

  • Last entry is 30 mins before closing
  • Start times/opening may vary due to weather conditions
  • On the opening day (4 Jan), the ice rink will open at 3pm


Tokyo Skytree Town 4F Sky Arena


Adults: 1,600 yen (including tax), Children (Middle school and younger): 900 yen (including tax)

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Nikko Kinugawa-Onsen Winter Promotion 2020

Partners Information: This winter, Nikko City is running a winter promotion for international tourists.

For 32 days only, from 23 January to 23 February 2020, enjoy special events and services.


Free admission for Edo Wonderland

  • Dates: Friday 24 and Sunday 26 January 2020

Free admission for Tobu World Square

  • Dates: Saturday 25 and Monday 27 January 2020

Other benefits

  • Discounts or other privileges at tourist attractions
  • Free onsen
  • Free Japanese-style New Year Cuisine
  • A gift

*Show your passport and the brochure at participating facilities to enjoy the discounts and other benefits

View the campaign site for more details or download the flyer.

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