Monthly Archives: May 2016

Ghost’s Baby-Nursing Candy

In Kyoto, there is a candy shop that has the longest history in Japan, it is said more than 400years.

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Name of the shop and the candy is very interesting…..Ghost’s Nursing Candy!

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It is based upon an ancient folklore like this:

One upon a time, a pregnant young woman was dead and buried, and she gave birth to a baby inside the grave.
She, as a ghost, came to the shop to buy candy to nurse the baby everyday for a week.
After seven days, newborn baby’s crying voice was identified, and they found a baby alive inside the grave.

The shop is said to be the very shop the lady ghost came to buy candies for her baby……

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On the contrary to this horrible story, this candy is very delicious with subtle sweetness,
made mostly of malt sugar.

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In front of the shop, there is a temple to worship a baby-sitting stone statue.

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Japanese dry sweets

Japanese sweets are often served with green powdered tea , so how to represent season is very important.

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This fresh green dry sweets are from KAGIZEN in Kyoto.
Kagizen dates back in 1726, one of the most popular Japanese sweets shops with long history.

This is one of their branch opened in 2012.

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japan,art,sweets,kagizen

Package comes like this.

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This one with dot design is named ” Candy Clowds”, made mostly with powdered sugar.

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Another is named ” Something Transitory”.

Both represent fresh green young leaves in early summer.

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They are so delicious to the eyes, and you will be surprised to taste its subtle sweetness.

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It’s OK to have this kind of dry sweets with fingers, like when you eat cookies.

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Yodoko Guest House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Yodoko Guest House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who came to Japan from 1915 to 1922 to design the Imperial Hotel.
The guest house was the second house for the family of Yamamura, a famous sake brewer in Nada, Kobe.

This is my favorite place, so I visit here from time to time.

It’s 5 minutes’ walk from Ashiyagawa-station. (between Osaka and Kobe)

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The house was designated as a National Important Cultural Property in 1974 for the first time as a RC building.

japan, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright

japan, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright

japan, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright

Although the house is four stories high in total, every section of the building is one or two stories high because the floors overlap like a staircase along with the inclination of the ridge.

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In spite of the Western look, there are three Japanese-style Rooms covered with tatami mats.

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2nd floor living room furnished with many display shelves and cabinets.

japan, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright

japan, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright

japan, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright

The long hallway on the third floor is filled with light coming through the large windows that are long enough to reach the floor.

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It is difficult to imagine from the exterior view of this building, but the three main rooms on the 3rd floor are all Japanese-style rooms with tatami floors.
These rooms were not included in Wright’s original design, but they were realized with a strong request from the client.

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japan, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright

japan, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright

Every detail grabs my attention.

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4th floor dining room.

The ceiling has a ship-bottom shape with the center being the highest.
Small triangular windows contribute to the expression of variety in the space.

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From this spacious balcony, you can enjoy a splendid view of beautiful mountains and the sea.

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It’s nice to visit this valuable Western-Japanese mix style architecture.

For more information: Yodoko Guest House

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

Went to see the special exhibition “The World of Sculptured Inlay” at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum in Kyoto.
The Kiyomizu Sannenzaka  Museum is the first museum in Japan to take as its permanent collection metalwork, cloisonne, makie lacquerware and Kyoto Satsuma Ware artworks of the late Edo and Meiji period(from 17th to 19th century).
Reason why that period was so special is because after the decree banning the wearing of swords in 1876, most swordsmiths lost their job, and some of them turned to be highly skilled craftsmen.

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“Sculptured inlay” is the tecnique to inlay curved shapes by shells, ivory, tortoise-shell and various metal into wood or ivory.
I was so amazed by the sophisticated, elegant works of sculptured inlay.

Box with ducks by Asahi Gyokusan:

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Box with ginkgo and dove by Asahi Gyokusan:

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A pair of panels with insects and flowers:

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They are among their permanent collection.

(left) incense burner “Dove on the old roof tile”

(right) miniature carving ” Small carpenter in bamboo”

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If you are interested in Japanese artifacts, this museum is highly recommended.

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum is near to Kiyomizu-temple.
Photo is the view of Yasaka Pagoda.

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For more information: Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum 

Flowers in May

After cherry blossoms fall, various flowers come into bloom.

In Japan, most popular flower in May must be  azalea.

I can see azalea everywhere in my neighborhood.

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japan, flower. azalea

japan, flower. azalea

Mimosa is also beautiful.

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japan, flower. mimosa

White and pink dogwood.

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japan, flower. dogwood

Confederate rose.

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From spring to early summer, we enjoy the season blessed with nature.