Gozan no Okuribi – Kyoto’s Obon Fire-Fest

July 11, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

The festival of Obon, a buddhist celebration of ancestors, is celebrated across Japan from the 13th-15th of August (excepting some regional variants).  During Obon, the spirits of ancestors return to this world to visit family altars, though they are not limited to that location! At the culmination of this festival, in Kyoto, is the Gozan […]

Cutting the Rug Japanese Style – Take a Japanese Dance Class with WAK

June 28, 2017 by Justin Hanus

For the first 40 years of her life Michi Ogawa was “an ordinary housewife with no experience working outside the home.” She prepared meals, looked after her four children, and drove her professor husband to his classrooms. She was well-educated and traveled often with her family. On her journeys, Ogawa was always drawn to the […]

Take an Authentic Japanese Cooking Class in Kyoto

December 21, 2016 by Justin Hanus

One of the most memorable and exciting aspects of traveling or living among a different culture is exploring the cuisine. While going to an authentic restaurant may be enough to get your foodie fix, sometimes the most excitement and delight comes from the challenge of preparing the dish on your own. Japanese food is hailed […]

Free Film Screenings at the Japan Foundation in Kyoto in November 2016

October 24, 2016 by Justin Hanus

If you’re traveling around or living in the Kansai region then you’ve surely heard of or attended some of the marvelous intercultural events hosted by the Japan Foundation of Kyoto. Not only does this organization hold educational and networking events like lectures and seminars, they also have a variety of fun cultural exchange events to […]

Kyoto’s October Festivals

September 27, 2016 by Justin Hanus

October’s cool temperatures and changing fall landscape makes it the perfect month to enjoy the rich history and beautiful natural scenery of Japan. Luckily, if you’re around the Old Capitol at all in October, you’ll be overwhelmed with options for getting outside and experiencing the culture and beautiful traditions preserved with various festivals and events. […]