A traveler's guide to Japanese tea ceremonies

A traveler’s guide to Japanese tea ceremonies

Japan might be one of the most modern and developed countries on the planet, but that doesn't mean that the old ways and traditions have been completely erased from Japanese culture. Many Japanese cherish their cultural heritage, and some of the are sticklers for traditions. The tea ceremony is one of the best examples of surviving cultural practices that are still very much in vogue today, and not only among the elderly, as some might think! The tea ceremony, also known as the Way of Tea, i... [ read more ]

A guide to nightlife in Kyoto

A guide to nightlife in Kyoto

Kyoto used to be the capital of Japan in the past, and even today it is one of the biggest cultural centers of the country. Many consider Kyoto to be the most beautiful city in Japan, and they are probably not too far off the track. Kyoto manages to embody the elegance and sensibility of old Japan, it's wonderful traditions and taste for simplicity, with the modern, neon-colored and exciting Japan of the present. Japanophiles who want to get their fix of Japanese culture, religion and cuisin... [ read more ]

Gion, the famous geisha district of Kyoto

Gion, the famous geisha district of Kyoto

If there's one thing that Kyoto is famous all over the world, it is its beautiful geisha. Ever since Japan opened its doors to foreigners after the Meiji Restoration, geisha have become one of the best known symbols of Japan. And as those of you who like films and books about Japan might know, one of the most 'geisha-spotting' site in Japan is Gion district in Kyoto. Kyoto's historic quarters can often be like a step back into history - although infused with Japan's modern spirit, they show ... [ read more ]