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 ]

Short Guide to Japanese Customs

Short Guide to Japanese Customs

Japanese customs greatly vary from the social conventions of the West. They have quite strict rules regarding social behavior in all aspects of life and though the Japanese people are aware of the cultural differences, they expect visitors to present a high level of respect no matter the place or situation and might easily be offended if the visitor does not respect the local rules. Hopefully this short guide to Japanese customs will help you to understand and learn their ways of behaving be... [ read more ]