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Kyoto: Toufuku Temple & Gardens

You don’t have to visit Buddhist Temples in Japan because of religion.
An agnostic hedonist like myself can find many reasons to enjoy their visit.
It was the first time I had the occasion to look at Toufuku Shrine which renown for its beautiful gardens!

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Even inside Kyoto City it is surrounded by a lot of greenery!

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Through the main gate!

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Almost the whole of the Buddhist temple and its annexes were burnt down in a big fire last century and to be rebuilt as an exact copy!

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Imposing roofed walk!

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The main temple is surrounded by quite a few smaller ones!

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Beautiful roofs!

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The main temple built around its own gardens!

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Check the gardens history!

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Have a good look at the flowers around you before entering the temple!

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Irises!

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The main gate before the actual temple!

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A venerable tree!

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The first garden made of stones, sand and moss!

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Can you imagine the water swirling around the stones!

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Ancient and mysterious stones!

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From another angle!

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The land represented by the moss!

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Another tucked away garden!

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One of the buildings enclosing the garden!

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Moving to the next garden!

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Getting near!

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Going through one more garden!

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At this point you enter an unusual garden!

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This particular garden was completed in 1939!

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A very rare checkered Japanese garden!

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A last look before we take our leave!

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Kyoto Udon Restaurant: Okakita!

Service: Very kind and attentive
Equipment & facilities: Spotless clean overall. Beautiful washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Top-class udon cuisine!

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People tend to think that all Japanese cuisine restaurants in Kyoto are expensive. Well, this is a big misconception spread by some unwelcome media to say the least!

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Okakita is actually famous all over Japan and is mentioned in so many magazines! But it is really reasonable considering the superb quality!

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The whole establishment is not only spotless clean but also entirely non-smoking!

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It even has a cute little Japanese garden!

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So traditonal!

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Dragon’s order: “Tentoji/天とじ”/large prawn tempura with udon in egg soup!

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Hot and so appetizing!

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Don’t be fooled, the prawns are big!

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My order: “Hamo Tenpura Oroshi Udon/はも天ぷらおろしうどn”/yempura pike eel with cold udon in oroshi style!

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So appetizing and a complete lunch in itself!

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Those vegetables make for such balance in color, design and taste!

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Extravagant pike eel tempura!

THE priority restaurant for our next visit!

OKAKITA/おかきた

Koto City, Sagyou ku, Okazaki, Minami Goshyo, 34
京都市左京区岡崎南ご紹介34
tel.: 075-771-4831
Opening hours: 10:00~20:30
Closed on Tuesdays
Parking available
Credit cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Kyoto Pavement Art

Like in every city in Japan yu should have a god look at the pavements of Kyoto City, although they are remakably from this of other cities!

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For example whereas they are simply patted on the stone or asphalt, cycling lanes signs are solid tilework!

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Kyoto seems to be fond of bronze plaques giving bilingual directions to passers-by!

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Another example!

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Pavement decorations can be tiny like these near the Kabuki Theater!

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Or they can be immense inside malls!

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On the other hand Kyoto have very few kinds of decorated manhole covers, a somewhat disappointing discovery!

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That’s how far it goes!

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But the Demachi Esplanade made up for them all!

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Look at the pavement under the feet of the customers!

I took them all, so let’s see if you can rcognize all the seafood depicted on them!
They are all different, but they don’t need any explanations!
Here we go, 30 of them!

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Good-bye Demachi Esplanade!

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Japanese Sake Barrels and Others at Shinto Shrines in Kyoto City!

One big difference between Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples in japan is that you will find Japanese sake barrels in the former and never in the latter!
It is great fun for the sake lovers to check which breweries are being represented!

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Kamomioya ShrinE!

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A little history for you!

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This is unusual: real rice offerings!

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Take your pick!

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And there were a lot more!

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Left half!

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Right half!

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Now, what is the name of this shrine?

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Tenmangu shrine!

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Even more unusual! An old sake press!

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The second one!
Both had been donated by Geikkeikan Brewery!

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I found even more fighting for space with a car park!

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Side view!

Good hunting!

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Myoonbensenten Shrine in Kyoto City

As I said before it is a good idea to keep your eyes open in Kyoto while forgetting the big toursit attractioons at the same time! You can take photographs in peace and check everything without disturbing anyone!

I found this small shrine in Kyoto City which had a nice little dragon!

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It is also called “Myoonten/妙音天”!

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The main shrine!

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There was also another newer but smaller one with many foxes!

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But that beautiful lonely dragon was the main attraction for me!

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Not that big, but really exquisite!

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Surging forth out of nowhere!

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A grand way to wash your hands!

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Chinese Restaurant in Kyoto: Sichifukuya!

Service: Very friendly
Equipment & facilities: Clean overall. Basic Japanese style washroom
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expansive
Strong points: Shanghai Family style cuisine. Chinese old spirits

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There are many Chinese restaurants in Kyoto but few are authentic.
You do have to look deep into the back streets to find them!

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Shichifukuya (the h\House of the Seven Lucks) is one of them, and although it was our second visit we did have some trouble finding it in the dark of the night!

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It was apparently a Japanese restaurant years before the present owners moved in 8 years ago, and they did change little of it. It is old but clean. But after all the food is the most important!

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Apparently they have a lot of regulars with their own bottles!

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Apart of a good list of old Chinese spirits they provide all kinds of drinks, including Japanese sake!

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Home-made Chinese pickles!

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Xiaolongbao!

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Pitan eggs/Century egg and vegetable salad!

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For a better view of the Century eggs!

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Fried gyoza!

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Spicy shrimp omelet!

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For a better view!

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Stir-fried vegetables!

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Very original egg fried rice with beaten egg whites!

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No need for dessert!

SHICHIFUKUYA/七福家

Kyoto City, Sagyo Ku, Seigoin Sannou Cho, 25-11
京都市左京区聖護院山王町25-11
Tel.: 075-771-3833
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:30~22:00
Parties until 36 welcome
Closed on Wednesdays

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Kuras. Japanese Warehouses in Kyoto!

If you are looking for kuras/Japanese warehouses, Kyoto City is the place to visit!
Kuras come under all kinds of forms, styles and age!
This is only a small example of a search you easily turn into a full book!

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I found this one near the entrance of the above Shinto shrine!

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A real house in perfect state!

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Splendid window and blinds!

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Walls repainted anew!

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Roofing in perfect repair!

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It was actually part of a three-building complex!

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The second kura!

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A view from a different angle!

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The family owning such an abode must be more than affluent!

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Another kura quite nearby!

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In need of repairs, though!

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A few things missing indeed!

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I found this one inside the precincts of a Buddhist Temple!

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Rich Buddhist temples have a lot to protect in Kyoto!

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Beautiful window and blinds in perfect repair!

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Tightly closed doors!

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Kizakura Sake brewery Kura that I have already introduced!

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A kura transformed into a garage, or the other way round?

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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