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March 16, 2017

Beauty of the winter and waiting for spring

Hello Everyone: )

How are you doing?
This is Keita.

We had several times of snow in this year, and it is slowly getting warmer now in Kyoto.
ようやく暖かくなったり、またまた寒くなったりと安定しない気候ですが、如何おすごしですか?風邪などはひかれてないでしょうか?
Kamo river in winter
 

Kamoriver with snow
 

We did a few activities for fun during winter time and I would love to share those things with you.
京都の雪は儚く綺麗で、すごく寒かったです。そのさむーい冬の間に行った楽しいことのいくつかを今回の投稿ではお知らせしますね。

 

We made a Gojo Guest House original map about “Our Good Neighborhood”.
まずはわたくしども、五条ゲストハウスのオリジナルマップ!作りました。

Our new map named "Our Good Neighborhood" designed by SKKY

Our new map named “Our Good Neighborhood” designed by SKKY



It is all about our recommendations for shops and restaurants around the guest house. I think you know we are good for recommendations, right?

There are good coffee stands, cafe, Izakaya, restaurants, public baths, shops, and even some tips to enjoy the area with explanation in English and Japanese on the map. We hope you’ll grab the local guide map and explore the alternative Gojo area.

You can get the map at receptions of Gojo Guest House and Gojo Guesthouse ANNEX. (After reading it, we are so happy if you’ll give the map to your friend who plans to visit Kyoto )

こちら我々のおすすめ五条エリアの情報が偏った感じで載っています。自分たちがよく行くお店や場所しかのせてないので、一般的な観光ガイドとはほど遠いセレクションですが、その分面白いものが出来たのではないかと自負しております。すてきなデザインはiTohenのSKKYさん。

五条ゲストハウスと五条ゲストハウス別館の受付にて配布しておりますので、興味がありましたらお声がけ下さい。地図を片手に辺りを散歩すれば、いつもとちょっと違うローカルな京都が楽しめると思います。

ちなみに僕のおすすめは本館なら市川屋珈琲で大福かフルーツサンドイッチに珈琲で腹ごしらえしたあと、河井寛次郎記念館を堪能、五条モール(定休日に注意)を覗きつつ、サウナの梅湯でさっぱりと汗を流し、午後から営業している煮込み屋六軒でほろ酔い、エフィッシュで鴨川を眺めながら珈琲で酔い冷ましのコース。別館ならば、アラビカのラテで目を冷まし、ゆたか屋でおばんざいのお昼ごはん、あじき路地や裏具を覗いた後、建仁寺のお庭に癒され、帰り道で八百屋さん”五馬”(4時頃閉店)とハッピー六原によって食材を購入→別館の広いキッチンで自炊。夜にみきやで飲んで、大黒湯の熱いお湯でさっぱりとするコースでしょうか。全て地図にのっているお店です。

 

 

At Gojo Guesthouse ANNEX, we have a new garden!

別館のお庭が変わりました!

Japanese style garden at ANNEX



We went to forest to pick the moss on February with my friend Mr. Kobayashi who is a gardener. The garden is his first work after independent form his master. We love the garden and the moss which is so soft. Hope you’ll like it too!

2月の寒い日に友人で庭師、達造園の小林さんと皆で苔を山へ採りに行くところからはじめたのですが、予想を上回る素晴らしい出来栄えになりました。早く暖かい日差しを浴びながらお茶を手に庭を眺めたいものです。上手く育てば春にはドウダンツツジに新芽が出て、夏には涼し気な葉が茂り、秋には紅葉するお庭、根本にはふわふわした手触りの様々な種類の苔がゲストを楽しませてくれると思います。

 

Looking forward to having its leaves on spring

In spring it has fresh leaves, in summer with green leaves, and it turns red in autumn



I’m looking forward to having spring and seeing you here!!

Have a good day and good trip: )

 
February 21, 2017

Introduce myself.

Hi everyone,
How ya goin’?
How was your day?

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I’m Takuma from Osaka, just call me Taku.
I am a new staff having worked in Gojo guesthouse since July last year.
I’ve just found a new house in Kyoto and recently I often go out in Kyoto.
So I would like to tell you my recommendations.

 

One is a bottle shop called Matsukawa sake ten
I like the old atmosphere and people and style of drinking in the bottle shop.

you drink with standing and need to find a tray and glass and take foods and drinks you want from a fridge

and put them on your tray and meet and talk with local people.

when you wanna check the bill, call the old lady and she will calculate for you with an old soroban(abacus)

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Second one is a Betayaki restaurant called Masa.

Betayaki is one of traditional foods in Kyoto. Okonomiyaki and Hiroshimayaki is originally come from Betayaki. The restaurant is small and cosy and quite old.A guy run the restaurant. He has strong passion for Betayaki.
He wants you to eat betayaki in a traditional way and want you to know it.
So I eat betayaki with a kote(spatula) not chopstick.

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Third one is just chilling out by the river called Kamogawa in the central.
For me, drinking and taking a nap by the river (or walking, cycling) are nice things to do.
If you go north along the river, you will see many nature scenery.
One day, I went to cycle to the north of the river with my friends, and was swimming

in the river and then we saw a huge natural monster called Oosansyouuo

(giannt salamander)which is one of Japanese natural monument.

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Forth one is going to small towns and villages in low season.
I went to a peaceful village called Ohara in Kyoto .
I found a silent water fall and beautiful wooden temple with no paint.
And I took a nap next to a field around greens with nice view.
I had just chill time and peaceful time.
It is imortant to me.

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Thank you for reading my first writing the blog.
When you see a staff who has Australian accent in Gojo, It’s me haha
Just come and see me.
See you later mate!!

Taku

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November 27, 2016

Limited edition, autumn in kyoto

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Between zen and visual impact

I was so exciting at the moment when I got on the train.

It was a raining day, but I was so happy it rained,which means there would be less people and I would be able to sit in the temple quietly and enjoy the peacefulness.

The goal is to visit Rurikoin, a temple that only open short term to public in spring and autumn.

Along Takano(gawa) River bank, running water competing with the colorful leaves, great Hiezan mountain in the background, RurikoIn is located in Yase area, a good picnic spot in summer time as well.

When we were at the entrance of RurikoIn temple, we first walked through stone stairs, then across a bridge, I stopped here because of the Koi  fish. They were swimming in the pound like there is nothing else in the world could bother him. Then I took off the shoes, and enter the building of RurikoIn. The astonishing view caught my breathe the moment I walked up to second floor.

 

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The shining wooden floor is reflecting the great view outside of the window. It is like extending scenery. The artwork is completed. It is too much for me. Time stopped here.

 

I don’t remember how long I had been sitting here. I could hear only wind and rain drops. I felt peacefulness when I was writing a Buddhist scriptures. We were requested to write our wishes at the end, and then this script will be devoted to Buddha. I didn’t write anything down because I fell happiness and grateful already. There is nothing else to ask for.I walked down stair to see the garden more closely.Here the temple provide warm Japanese tea. You can sit down and relax.

I am not sure if you can see it from the first photo. There is a giant stone in the center of the garden. Ruri , the name of this temple origin from this glass shinning stone. When it rains, this stone shines brightly. Therefore, this temple is called RurikoIn, the shrining glass stone.
When I sat here, I heard the monk chanting, a melody of Zen. The combination of sand garden and moss. It’s been the best raining day.

Wish you can see this beautiful view and find the peacefulness in Kyoto.

 

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How to go to RurikoIn

From Gojo Guest house, walk 3 mins to Keihan train Kiomizugojo station, take 10min train to Demachi-yanagi Station; and then get on Eizan Electric Railway(for Yase-Hieizanguchi) to Yase-Hieizanguchi Station. It takes 5 minutes on foot from the station.

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February 22, 2014

Trip to Hiroshima

I’m sure all of you is now enjoying your summer vacation!!
yep. I meant in Australia.
Ohhhh, how I wish to go there!
or New Zealand
or the Philippines
or Okinawa. just anywhere warm.


Although no one is having there summer vacation in Japan yet, we, Gojo staffs had a short vacation and made a little visit to Hiroshima!!
I am sure many of you who have traveled in Japan have been to Hiroshima. Miyajima.
Where they have the ever -so-cute deers.

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 Oh! There she is!
Yes, she is waiting for you to come visit her in Miyajima right after you come visit us in Gojo.
And yes, of course we went to the Itsukushima Shrine, famous for its FLOATING torii gate.
I bet some of you have no clue what I’m talking about, so you should definitely come visit Hiroshima to find out on your own!!!!!
…..or you can just look at this picture.
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The torii gate looks like it’s floating when at high tide, but at low tide you can reach the torii by foot.
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Hmmm I must say, this is a very nice photo!!
Although 3people have their eyes closed… and we are missing one guy….
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 Lunch time!!!!
We had OKONOMIYAKI お好み焼.
Okonomiyaki is originally from Hiroshima. That’s what I heard from Hiroshima people.
But Osaka people say it’s from Osaka.
As for me, I really don’t care, because wherever it’s from it tastes good so you should try when you come to Japan.
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And of course the A-bomb Dome.
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And the Peace Memorial Park.
What a wonderful weather it was.
Some people say,
 “What’s the point of looking back at the past? It’s not like you can change it.”
But let me tell you the quote I like from Albert Einstein (did you know that he was not only a physicist but a violinist also??)
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” The future is unknown, but somewhat predictable unknown.
To look to the future we must first look back upon the past.
That is where the seeds of the future were planted.”
So many things can be learned and realized from the past.
But just remember, “looking back” and “dwelling” on the past is NOT the same!

 
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