recent from The Awesome Factor A Geisha’s favorite TV commercials
Here is a collection of an actual Geisha’s favorite TV commercials on YouTube. This is a double treat, first because all the commercials are (naturally) featuring other Geishas or are making use of a traditional Japanese style, not to mention all the famous Kabuki actors or Sumo wrestlers. Second,...
recent from Chronicles and Legends Trick for learning central Kyoto street names
Certainly a good way to impress that chick in a yukata you were talking to during the Gion matsuri. … well, not really… I am afraid being accurate in naming all the streets of central Kyoto from Marutamachi to Kyoto station won’t get you a phone number… it might get you a giggle...
recent from Matsuri Encyclopedia July 2010 – This month in Kyoto
July is one of the hottest and busiest months in Kyoto with the Gion Matsuri (one of Japan’s 3 largest festivals) as the main reason for it. Here is a breakdown of all the highlights, activities, and things to see and do in Kyoto during July 2010: Monthly Kyoto Calendar – July...
recent from Opportunistic Photographers Guide Gion Matsuri – How to get into a Yamaboko
So you finally made your way through the crowded streets of Kyoto during the Gion festival and you are before one of those impressive looking Yamaboko floats. You see people handing out a ticket and going up and down from it and you wonder if its some Japanese-only thing or did you need reservations or...

A Geisha’s favorite TV commercials

Here is a collection of an actual Geisha’s favorite TV commercials on YouTube. This is a double treat, first because all the commercials are (naturally) featuring other Geishas or are making use of a traditional Japanese style, not to mention all the famous Kabuki actors or Sumo wrestlers. Second, because this is a very peculiar Geisha we are talking about in here (this...

Trick for learning central Kyoto street names

Certainly a good way to impress that chick in a yukata you were talking to during the Gion matsuri. … well, not really… I am afraid being accurate in naming all the streets of central Kyoto from Marutamachi to Kyoto station won’t get you a phone number… it might get you a giggle though. In fact, you will impress a Kyoto chick with this as much as your...

Gion Matsuri – How to get into a Yamaboko

So you finally made your way through the crowded streets of Kyoto during the Gion festival and you are before one of those impressive looking Yamaboko floats. You see people handing out a ticket and going up and down from it and you wonder if its some Japanese-only thing or did you need reservations or is it because you don’t speak Japanese or simply… where...

July 2010 – This month in Kyoto

July is one of the hottest and busiest months in Kyoto with the Gion Matsuri (one of Japan’s 3 largest festivals) as the main reason for it. Here is a breakdown of all the highlights, activities, and things to see and do in Kyoto during July 2010: Monthly Kyoto Calendar – July 2010 1 Festival of Gion / the “Gion Matsuri” (~ until July/31): The...

Ukiyoe Star Wars

Now let’s see. What could be better and more awesometastic than the steam punk version of “anything” Star Wars? Why! The Ukiyoe* version of Star Wars of course!!! Brooklyn based artist Steve Bialik is the one we have to thank for bringing us these. Probably the best thing since the original manga version of Star Wars. *Ukiyoe (浮世絵) : Lit....

Traditional Japanese style in Web Design

So because of my current job (e-commerce related for a kimono company here in Kyoto in case you don’t know about me) I get to study a lot about traditional designs (柄), styles, colors and types of kimonos and fabrics, and then I have to mix all that with the front-end side of things. In the meantime at least one or two things have stuck in my mind about the foundations...

Pull a Yamaboko float at the Gion Matsuri!

Easier said than done of course. But if you are interested in taking part in the Gion Matsuri, (one of three largest festivals all over Japan) as a “hikite”, in other words the people who pull the Yamaboko, then this is how you do it. Oh! first I need to tell you that there is a catch of course… well, not only one… “many” actually. In order...
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