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Japan, 48 Hours in Kyoto: Fushimi Inari-taisha

  

Direction Fushimi

  

The Famous Shinto Sanctuary

For our first morning, we wake up at dawn. From Kyoto station, we take a local train to the south of Kyoto, Fushimi. This is my third visit to Kyoto and surprisingly, my first visit to the famous Shinto shrine Fushimi Inari-taisha dedicated to Inari Okami, the deity of rice crops, abundance and joy.

We arrive before 8 am, but the site is already full of many visitors: tourists and schoolchildren. Without thinking too much, we head to the hypnotic red and black Torii, the giant doors of Shinto shrines. The engraved inscriptions on Torii represent the names of the donors and the dates.

On a slope of the Inari mountain, segments of aligned Torii climb to the summit (233 meters), to go down by another side (see the map of the sanctuary on the last photo below). Naively, we thought the climb would be fast. In fact, it really climbs. There are several levels and some offer a panoramic view of Kyoto (photo below). 

As we get closer to the summit, there are fewer and fewer people. Till finally feeling a contemplative calm among these Torii surrounded by nature. I am cradled by an orange light on an intense green background. Yes I’m back to Japan! Kind of weird, the way back from the top to the bottom of the mountain seemed longer. Plan for the whole visit, an entire morning if you do not like to hurry (and have time to take your pictures alone).

  

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Japan: Hotel Anteroom Kyoto

Konichiwa Kyoto!

Finally arrived! After 14 hours by plane, a really good flight on ANA, with a super quick change of plane (= what a run!) at Narita airport for Osaka. Then an hour in the bus to Kyoto and we finally arrived at Kyoto Station at nightfall.

We take a taxi and 5 minutes later we are in front of the Hotel Anteroom Kyoto. I dream of a shower. But it’s already past 8pm and if we want to dine, we barely have time to leave our bags, cool off and go out to find a restaurant. Because the hotel does not have any and serves only breakfasts.

The Room

Simple, Design & Comfortable 

Back from our short dinner break (in one of the food halls of the Kyoto Station), I finally can enjoy our room with two oversized beds, large flat screen, designer sofa and bay window overlooking a small lighted garden. So sool! 

All equipment (including air conditioning) is very comfortable and clean (well we are in Japan, aren’t we)! What a pleasure! When I slip into my Queen size bed, I come across a TV show of two young Japanese on a spree in Corsica! Of course I couldn’t miss it (lololol) and wake up tomorrow around 6am … 

    

The Bathroom & Our Garden

The small bathroom is very well equipped and practical (photos above)l, including useful storage spaces.

And of course a modern shower with Japanese bath and separate Japanese toilets. I do not understand why, we do not have the same in Europe! In comparison our toilets are medieval!

Our room has a small “zen”garden too (rght photo), where we quietly relax before each getaways in Kyoto and its surroundings. I really like this garden area, with just the sound of birds early in the morning. 

Because the hotel is located in a quiet residential area. And the excitement of the city seems far, far away. While we are only 15 minutes walk from Kyoto Station. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Art Gallery In An Industrial Architecture

Kyoto Confidential

We soon felt at home. The team is kind and helpful. Above all do not take offense to the very reserved attitude. And it seemed to us that there were mainly Japanese customers (mostly young and trendy) and few Westerners.

The lobby looks like a New York art gallery, offering its mature to young artists. You can buy art works, but also books, objects and T-shirts. The friendly intimate bar is open on a small Zen-inspired garden (photos 1, 2 and above).

After two nights, we didn’t want to leave this confidential hotel!

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Arigato gosaimasu to the Hotel Anteroom Kyoto’s team. As always these are my opinions. 

Tokyo, Japan: Traditional Music in Mejiro

TOKYO CITY GUIDE : CULTURE / MUSIC

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Lost in the Mejiro small streets

where live aristocrates, I hear the sound. Through a narrow window, the frame of a distant green kimono surrounded by red, amphitheater. Shyly we get in, I take my shoes off to surf to a bunch, the hall is almost empty.

Few scattered people looking at the stage. We are watching a Hogaku concert rehearsal, the Japanese traditional music, Edo music. The exciting meeting with percussionists musicians and the green kimono actress. Picture below: the Uchiwa-ame plays the rain sound.

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Harumi Mochizuki, the excellent Hayashi player (Japanese traditional drums) cames from an artist family: a percussionist mother and a singer father. She played around the world.

On the picture below, a Kotsuzumi on the Harumi‘s shoulder. Kotsuzumi is a small drum shaped like an hourglass and used in Nô theater

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Katada Kisayo, the gifted percussionist, is gratued of Tokyo University in Music, like all the musicians of Ayairobako (the band presented in this post). No “great sound” without “guitare hero”: on picture 5, two Shamisen players.

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Picture above: a traditional gift for Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival or Girls’ Day (picture above). Mayuko Nakamura is the beautiful actress in the green kimono who declaims on music (picture below).

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Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés. 

Domo arigato gosaimasu to the Ayairobako band and my tomodachi N for the great translation! 

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