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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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November 19, 2016

We redesigned our website!

000001 It has been a while since we updated our blog last time!

Recently it’s getting busy for tourist in Kyoto because of Autumn red leaves season.

It’s beautiful.

Nothing changed in our place.

People always come and stay then leave.

Wish you have a good meeting here in Kyoto.

Cheers.

Gojo guest house

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February 03, 2016

Life in Kyoto as a Helper Staff

Hi.
   My name is Martin and I have gotten the wonderful opportunity to work as a helper staff here at Gojo Guest House.
   Soon to be three weeks ago, I left my windy and small home town on the Swedish west coast and headed towards Japan. I quit my job, said goodbye to my family and at the moment I don’t have any idea when I’ll set foot on Swedish soil again. It’s absolutely terrifying at times, but for the most part it’s an incredible experience.
   This is my second time in Japan and at Gojo. During my first visit in Spring, I heard that they offered the opportunity to come here as helper staff and I pretty much made up my mind right at that moment that I’d be back in the fall if they would have me.
   The wonderful staff, the smiling locals, the amazing guests and of course the beautiful city, that is Kyoto, makes this one of the best locations to experience traditional Japan. With 17 Unesco World Heritage sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples and over 400Shinto shrines, it feels very good to spend the majority of my 82days in Japan, in Kyoto.
   Kyoto has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for spectacular history, rowdy “izakaya”, wonderful craft beer or incredible vintage and handicraft markets. You will find it all here and so much more.
   So take the chance, come to Japan and Kyoto, and fall in love with the city and Gojo Guest House. Or if you are already here, come by and share your stories over an excellent cup of coffee.
   I really hope I will get the chance to meet you.
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Martin

3-396-2, Gojobashi higashi, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto, Japan, 605-0846 Tel/Fax:075-525-2299(Domestic), 81-75-525-2299(Overseas) E-mail:stay@gojo-guest-house.com http://www.gojo-guest-house.com

 
November 09, 2015

サイモンとアイロン

先日のはなし。

別館のリビングで枕カバーにアイロンをかけていた時、「終わったら僕にもアイロン貸して」と声をかけてきたゲストがいました。彼はフィンランドから来た20代前半くらいの男の子3人組のうちのひとりです。何にアイロンを使うのだろうと見ていたら、1枚のシャツに丁寧にアイロンをかけはじめました。

シャツを普段着て、自分でアイロンをかける方ならわかると思いますが、洗濯の度にアイロンをすることって結構手間なんですよね。綺麗に仕上げるためには襟、肩、袖、身ごろとうまくシワを伸ばす必要がありますし、時間もかかります。

旅先できちんとアイロンをかけるなんてすごいなあと感心して褒めたら、それは父からの教えなんだと彼は言いました。お父さんから、たとえ旅先でもきちんとシャツを着るよう教わったとのことです。そしておそらくはアイロンのかけ方も。

それってオールドスタイルかもしれないけれど、僕はそれが気に入っているんだと答える彼。

僕も普段シャツを着ることが好きなので、共感とともにこの北国からやってきた若者はどういった人なんだろうと興味がわき、普段どんな音楽を聴いているの?と尋ねてみました。人となりの手がかりを得るために、好きな音楽の話しをするのは意外に楽しく有効で、予期せぬ共通の好みなど会話が弾むこともあるからです。生まれも育った環境も違う者同士がよくする会話の一つです。

僕の質問に彼は少し考えてからこう言いました。「あんまり激しい音楽やクラブミュージックは好みじゃなくて、例えばこんな音楽を聴いて僕は育ったんだよ」と、居間に置いてあるレコードコレクションから1枚を抜き出してくれました。「多分まわりとはちょっと変わった好みかもしれないけれど、こういうのが好きなんだ」と答える彼。

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京都は今日も雨降りです。静かな別館の受付に座り、BGMにサイモン・アンド・ガーファンクルを流しながら、遠いフィンランドのことと、この机でアイロンをかける彼の姿を思い出しました。彼を見習い今日はシャツを着て、いつもより少しだけ姿勢を正して受付に座っています。

 
December 29, 2014

The end of Red and the beginning of white @Kyoto

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Sorry for keep you waiting……….
We were so busy this autumn that we could only visit one or two temples……

The Zen gardens looks more colorful in Autumn too;but Kyoto are crowded with visitors too.

How to enjoy Kyoto without waiting in cues or saying excuse me all the time??

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Now we are going to show you how we took these wonderful photos…….

Like them!

And then you all you need is to sit down and enjoy the scenery~~

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At the right hand side of the garden, you usually will find a waterpond like this.

The purpose is not to wash hands……but to reflect the sun shine into the dark house.
This is the old wisdom when we don’t have the convenience of electricity hundreds years ago.

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Look how it was surrounded by momiji (Japanese maple trees)

 

 

 

 

In Kyoto,
there are many beautiful gardens or temples surrounded by colors
during Autumn, this is why we also love Autumn Kyoto.
During this season, if you want to get away from the crowds,
come chat with us,
we will give you great suggestions
where you can enjoy the quietness and feel the Zen.

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It is gonna snow during new years eve.
Then maybe we will show you more photos of White Kyoto?!
Everyone stay warm and best wishes from Gojo~
Happy New Year to everyone!

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3-396-2, Gojobashi higashi, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto, Japan, 605-0846 Tel/Fax:075-525-2299(Domestic), 81-75-525-2299(Overseas) E-mail:stay@gojo-guest-house.com http://www.gojo-guest-house.com

 
December 05, 2014

I love this cold.

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久しぶりの投稿になります。

秋の紅葉の写真を!っと思っていたのですが、それは次回、うちの紅葉ハンターにお願いします。

美しい夕焼けのように、緑から赤へと、何層もの色のグラデーションに染まった紅葉は、本当に綺麗でした。

紅葉シーズンは、当館も満室が続きまして、沢山ある京都の宿泊施設も、まだハイシーズンは足りていないのだなぁと感じました。
これから冬に入り、冷え込んでいくので、京都への客足も少なくなるでしょうね。

ここ数日で、めっきり寒くなって、去年の冬も、こんなに寒かったかなぁと思うくらいです。

ブログを更新していない間にも、新しいゲストとの出会いは毎日のようにありまして、

思い出せば、ぽつりぽつりと彼らの顔が思い浮かんでくるのですが、

先日は、ロシア人のゲストがいらっしゃって、ロシアの方とお話しする機会は少ないので、色々とロシアの事を尋ねていたら、

ロシアのニュースで、何かの行事で、極寒の中、老若男女が水着でプールや湖に飛び込んでいる映像を見せて下さって、

「おぉ、これは…凄い元気な人達ですね。」

と言ったら。

「彼らは、『 I love this cold. 』って言ってるんだよ。」

とロシア語を訳してくれて。

ほほぅ、なるほどなぁ〜と思いまして。

そう思ったら、寒さも少しは和らぐかなぁと。

「この寒さを愛しています。」

聞けて嬉しい話でした。

 
October 08, 2014

TOTAL lunar eclipse

I’m guessing all of you already know… that we are having the total lunar eclipse tonight!
…or we already had.
It’s not JUST lunar eclipse, it’s TOTAL lunar eclipse. That’s a huge difference right there (not that I’m an eclipse expert).
Thanks to one of our guests from Australia who had told us about this (because to be honest I had noooo idea that we were having this tonight).
We all stood outside, enjoyed watching the moon. How romantic right? Only if I had that special someone with me… (sigh)

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Anyyyywaaayyyyys, first it was just 2 of us sitting outside staring up into the sky…

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then there were 5….

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then 8…
then I don’t know how many, because random people walking on the sidewalk and our neighbors joined in 🙂
It was a nice little relaxing time we had!

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Hope you all enjoyed!
Stay warm, because it’s getting quite chilly at night!

 
September 14, 2014

Who is our birthday girl??

The weather is getting chiller in Kyoto.
How are you there?

We miss summer already…….You??


It’s another ordinary day
that we had a surprised birthday party for our dearest birthday girl……………..

Everybody showed up unexpectedly
And here is her surprised face………(LOL)

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ちょっと!!(Chyo–to–)
.why my face is blurry!!
she said……….

Yes, we were here for AKKO san’s birthday

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR DEAREST AKKO

(Yeah, we started to sing BD song from all different languages,
there is Japanese/English/Korean/Chinese………….
BIG GOJO Family)

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At Gojo, saying hi and goodbye is such an odinary thing
but it’s the only thing that I can’t never get used to it

She is probably the cutest mom that I have ever seen……

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We enjoyed a lot!! always can’t stop laughing

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Present receiving time!!

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I just LOVE those crackers
pinky/crunchy/berry/and sweettttiii….
just their warm smile to us

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They are leaving tomorrow for Okinawa to start a new school life
Okinawa de Gambatene!!
Have a nice journey to Okinawa

And come back from time to time………Missya already

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August 10, 2014

Pottery Festival 2014

Every year there is a pottery festival held on the 7th to 10th of August on Gojozaka, which is right in front of our hostel. A lot of ceramic artists gather from all over Japan to sell their art work.
You can get them cheaper than buying them at a normal shop. (I think)
Negotiating for a lower price is one of the fun things about this festival.(I think)

This year the festival started out pretty well, with nice weather and many people.

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Our cafe got pretty busy too, which was fun, because we, Gojo staffs have such good teamwork!!! YEAH!!
The first day ended without any problems….

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Then we celebrated one of our guests` birthday….

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Then the second day ended….

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Then the third day…. oh the third day…. which we did not have, because of the typhoon.
Which turned our every so lovely Kamo River into… I don`t know.
You can see for yourself in the next picture.

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Although the festival got cancelled, we are very proud to have this GUY selling his potteries until the very very end. Alone. and let me tell you, he sold a lot.

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This year it was sad to see the Pottery Festival end like this, since it was the first time ever to get cancelled.
But there is always the next time!!
So if you are planning to come to Kyoto next summer, be sure to check out the pottery festival and to have some tea at Gojo Cafe!!

 
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