• Japan.,  Travel

    Kiyomizu-dera

    The Kiyomizu-dera seats halfway up Otowa Mountain in the eastern part of Kyoto City. It is a historic temple established even before Kyoto became the capital of Japan at one…

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    Nishiki Market

    The Nishiki Market is Kyoto’s largest traditional market. Whatever you need for Japanese cuisine is available here – rows of Japanese pickles (tsukemono), Japanese sweets (wagashi), tofu (kyo-yasai), different types…

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    Gion After Dark

    Gion is in the heart of Kyoto between the Kamo River and Higashiyama mountains and very popular with foreign tourists. Maple trees and cherry blossoms trees line the streets that…

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    Kamakura Farmers Market

    Kamakura, former capital of Japan is about one hour train ride from Tokyo. It is a historical place with winding streets, temples, shrines, shops and markets. The farmers market, Rensokubaijo…

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    Not Enough of Tokyo!!

    I found Tokyo almost spotlessly clean. Surprisingly, I did not come across any signage exhorting the residents to keep the city clean. I hardly found any graffiti anywhere. There was…

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    Cool and Cute Harajuku

    If you are in for “cool” and “cute” Japanese culture, head for Harajuku. This is north of Shibuya and a very fashionable, faddish and really crazy place for chilling out.…

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    Samurai Temples

    All the spirits and mind of “Samurai” were born from this ancient city of Kamakura. Samurai spirits have always be associated with temples and Buddhism in Japan. Though there are…

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    Hand Crafted Soba

    Soba (buckwheat based) is the preferred noodle in the Kanto region in Japan, whereas, in the Osaka region, udon (wheat based) noodle is eaten widely. I had the freshest hand-made…

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