Monthly Archives: July 2016

Summer Sweets

The other day, my friend brought me this block-type summer sweets. It is named “murmur of the brook,” and blue maple leaves are designed on the package and sweets itself! Mainly made from sugar syrup, agar, and sweet beans,  it’s refreshing just  to look at it.   It’s so nice to have this kind of juicy… Read More »

Juko-in, Daitoku-ji Kyoto

Daitoku-ji is one of the most established Zen temples in Kyoto, dates back in 1315. In 16th century, by the support of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it became a center of cultural activity through its association with the tea master Sen no Rikyu. Daitoku-ji also possesses numerous cultural treasures in the form of landscape gardens, calligraphy, sliding… Read More »

Miyagawa Kouzan at The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Miyagawa Kouzan(1842-1916)’s death. I went to see his retrospective exhibition at The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. He lived in late Tokugawa shogunate to Meiji Restoration. In 1870 he moved to Yokohama and opened his workshop to produce ceramics for export. His works, known as Makuzu ware,  inherits the… Read More »

Summer jelly sweets from Toraya

My friend brought me these soft adzuki-bean jelly from Toraya,  one of the most long-established confectionery shops in Japan. Toraya’s main product is adzuki-bean jelly, most of the time in block type. They offer “soft type ” in summer, which contains more water, and refreshing to taste. According to the ingredients, there are 4 flavours.… Read More »

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou. Takeuchi Seihou (1864-1942) is regarded as a pioneer of modern Japanese-style painting,followed by many disciples. His pictures have a sophisticated beauty and refinement, and his paintings of plants and animals are highly-praised. He was one of the first to receive the Order of Culture by Japanese government. Framed in… Read More »

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou. Takeuchi Seihou (1864-1942) is regarded as a pioneer of modern Japanese-style painting, followed by many disciples. His pictures have a sophisticated beauty and refinement, and his paintings of plants and animals are highly-praised. He was one of the first to receive the Order of Culture by Japanese government. Framed in… Read More »

Cafe at Chorakukan

If you look for somewhere to take a break in Higashiyama-area in Kyoto, I recommend Choraku-kan. It locates between Yasaka shrine and Maruyama Park. Choraku-kan dates back in 1909, and it used to be a guest villa of a wealty businessman in Kyoto. The elegant building is very conspicuous, so you can easily find it.… Read More »

Jakuchu at Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum

Shokoku-ji temple is the head temple of the Rinzai sect, and one of the most historic and authoritative Zen temples. These days  Shokoku-ji became famous again, because it is the very temple Ito Jakuchu dedicated his “Sakyamuni Triad” and “Colorful Realm of Living Beings”. It is very meaningful to see Jakuchu’s works at Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum, standing… Read More »

Heian Jingu Shin’en Garden

You may have heard of Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto, and you may have the images of this big torii gate, entrance gate, and the red shrine itself. However, where I recommend most is its garden surrounding the shrine. It is called “Shin’en”-garden of God, and you can walk around enjoying the well-kept garden and… Read More »