January 15, 2018

Girls Band on BanG Dream!

BigBoss Guitar Shop, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: BanG Dream! is a Japanese media franchise created in January 2015 by Bushiroad. It consists of the musical group Poppin' Party, which was formed in February 2015, as well as multiple manga series and an anime television series adaptation by Issen (OLM with Bushiroad) and Xebec, which aired from January 21, 2017 to April 22, 2017. (Read more...)

January 14, 2018


BAL Bldg, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

Like stepping into a hotel in a middle of downtown, this stylish yet comfortable Kyoto BAL offers stores targeting people of all generations. Their roomy layout allows shoppers to look around effortlessly. From stores like KOTOSHINA (古都品) offering organic cosmetics using Kyōto Uji Tea (宇治茶) leaves to American fashion brand, Theory, each store projects personality and quality well fit for the style of Kyōto BAL. After an exceptional remodeling, Kyōto BAL re-opened its doors on August 2015. Many locals would agree that the 2 years and 7 month long remodeling was well worth the wait.

January 09, 2018

Chocolate Store's Noren

CaCaO 365 Gion Store, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto
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In an entertainment quarter of Kyōto, the traditional teahouse building gives off an aura of conservative charms. We expressed "cuteness, love, and erotic story" of chocolate by Japanese traditional materials and techniques, and triggered communication between the shop and customers by an original retail style in Japan "Zauri" (座売り, staff offers services, remaining seated). The gold-lacquered ceiling where 365 armorial bearings are placed expresses "Every day is a good day". The lacquer softly coats the teahouse (お茶屋) building in Gion (祗園) area just like a chocolate. "Cacao 365" is a secret chocolate wonderland of aphrodisiacs. (Hisanobu Tsujimura)

January 03, 2018

Dedicated Sake Bottles

Matsuo-taisha Shrine, Nishikyō-ku, Kyōto
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Matsuo Taisha (松尾大社) Shrine, sometimes known as Matsunoō (松の王), is an interesting ancient shrine on the outskirts of Kyōto that offers a little more to see and do than most of the often visited shrines in the area. It is also less crowded. Located near Arashiyama (嵐山), Matsuo Taisha was founded in 701, almost 100 years before the founding of Kyōto. It was founded by the head of the Hata clan (秦氏), an immigrant clan that ruled the area before the moving of the capital from Nara. The Hata also founded the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社). The Hata were instrumental in bringing sake (酒) brewing techniques from Korea, and the shrine has a deep and long association with sake brewers, who still take water from the sacred well Kame no I (亀の井), located in the shrine. The shrine grounds are home to 3,000 Japanese kerria (山吹, yamabuki) which are in bloom during April and May.

January 01, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Tanakaya Doll Shop, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D700 Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8

2018 is the year of the Dog. During the Heian era (平安時代) dog-shaped boxes called inubako (犬筥) were used by the nobility as a charm to ease childbirth. This figure eventually became very popular during the Edo period in the form of papier mache dogs (犬張子, inu hariko). These talismans were used to protect infants and small children.