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Autumn in Kyoto – Part III

Continued from before... for Kiyomizudera see Autumn in Kyoto Part I for Kinkakuji see Autumn in Kyoto - Part II Ginkakuji After Kinkakuji next destination was Ginkakuji. We wandered back to the bus stop, world heritage sign pointing backwards. Time for a quick time check. Finished lunch at the 1st floor small but cosy glass covered family run…

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Autumn in Kyoto – PART II

Continued from http://www.couchflyer.com/autumn-in-kyoto-part-i/ Kinkakuji Next morning we started early. Our destination - Kinkakuji, in the north west of the city. Subway seemed to be the faster option. From Subway Kitaoji station, it's a short bus or taxi ride. We were excited. Kinkakuji is said to be the living representation of the Japan seen in calendars and travel magazines. Established by…

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Tokyo Super Yasakoi Genki Matsuri

Definitions first Matsuri -> Festival Genki -> happy, energetic Yosakoi -> a modern Japanese folk dance Tokyo Super yosakoi Genki Matsuri is one of the big annual matsuris around. Matsuris are traditional festivals. Men women children dress up eat drink enjoy sing and dance. From temporary expressions of joy more formalized  art forms evolve. Awa…

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Cartoons are a way of life

The first thing one would notice is the cleanliness and orderliness, and the second thing a visitor to Japan would note is the profusion of pictures. Every corner every wall every notice board or digital advertising space seems to be a picture book.  Messages are conveyed through cartoons be that an indication a caution or…

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