Oniku no Chirashi: Kyoto’s New Meat and Scattered Sushi Restaurant

30.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Oniku no Chirashi had its grand opening in Ninenzaka, Kyoto on March 28 this year. This restaurant serves chirashizushi, or “scattered sushi,” combining an assortment of Kyoto ingredients and produce from Japanese black beef and saikyo miso to things like kyotsukemono, Kyoto-style pickles.

Food is served in traditional Japanese-style and combines beef and scattered sushi to fully bring out the delicious flavour of the meat.

Oniku no Masu Chirashi: ¥2,680 (Before Tax)

This scattered sushi dish comes with everything from beef flakes to Japanese black wagyu roast beef, roast beef with salted kōji, roast beef with saikyo miso, and more.

Oniku no Hana Chirashi: ¥2,280 (Before Tax)

This luxurious bowl is filled with Japanese black wagyu roast beef and kyotsukemono with added wasabi for accent.

To celebrate their grand opening, the restaurant is currently handing out the above-pictured springtime water warabimochi until May 6.

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    Forgot about the time and enjoy the scenery with few people around

     

    Soak up autumn with a boat ride | Hozugawa River in Kameoka

    Ride the Hozugawa River along the 16km valley from Kameoka to Arashiyama. The autumn spectacle in this area is a grand sight to behold. Visitors can enjoy two hours along the valley stretch with the colours of the maple trees reflected off the water’s surface, allowing them to fall into nature and forget their stresses for a while.

     

    Hozugawa River
    Peak Autumn Time: Mid November – Early December
    Address: Shimonakajima-2 Hozucho, Kameoka, Kyoto
    Boat Times: 09:00-15:00 (Changes depending on season)
    Price: Adults ¥4,100 / Children ¥2,700
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    Official Website: https://www.hozugawakudari.jp/

     

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    Peak Autumn Time: Early to Mid November
    Address: Kamigaichi-22-2 Kamiyadacho, Kameoka, Kyoto
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    Address: 595 Kawara, Maizuru, Kyoto
    Viewing Times: 09:00-17:00
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    Peak Autumn Time: Mid to Late November
    Address: 1-1 Hongucho, Ayabe, Kyoto
    Viewing Times: 09:30-16:30
    Price: Free
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    Official Website: https://www.ayabe-kankou.net/spot/omotoshinen/

     

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    Gasen-ji
    Peak Autumn Time: Mid November – Early December
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    Peak Viewing Time: Mid to Late November
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    Red and yellow hue fusion | Choanji in Fukuchiyama

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    Choanji
    Peak Autumn Time: Early to Mid November
    Address: 577 Okunobe, Fukuchiyama, Kyoto
    Viewing Times: 09:00-16:30
    Price: Adults ¥300 / Children ¥100
    TEL: 0773-22-8768
    Official Website: http://www.chouanji.jp

     

    Evening illuminations for a late-night autumn experience

     

    Breathtaking in the day or night | Nariaji Temple in Miyazu

    Nariaji is an ancient temple huddle among mountains that overlook Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s Three Scenic Views. The five-storied pagoda there is an example of Kamakura Period architecture and offers an unmissable view together with the hundreds of trees during autumn. On November 14 and 15, the area will be lit up in the evenings.

     

    Nariaji
    Peak Autumn Time: Early to Late November
    Light Up Times: 17:20-21:00 (Regular viewing times are 08:00-16:30)
    Address: 339 Nariaji, Miyazu, Kyoto
    Price: Adults ¥500
    TEL: 0772-27-0018
    Official Website: http://www.nariaiji.jp/

     

    Autumn reflected on the water | Keihanna Commemorative Park in Soraku

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    Keihanna Commemorative Park 

    Peak Autumn Time: Mid to Late November

    Light-Up Period: Fridays, weekends, and holidays from November 3, 2020 – November 29, 2020

    Light-Up Time: Sunset to 21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)

    Address: 6-1 Seikadai, Seika, Soraku District, Kyoto

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    Minami-za, one of the most respected kabuki theatres in Japan, has announced a special exhibition in collaboration with the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which will run from November 6 to 23.

     

    Minami-za is the oldest theatre in Japan and is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. The Demon Slayer exhibition will feature displays, decorations, and a range of exclusive merchandise.

     

    Lobby Exhibit

    Fans will find a range of character boards displayed at the entrance lobby to Minami-za with the characters donning traditional kabuki attire.

     

    Special Stage Photo Spots

    Cut-outs of the main cast of characters will be displayed on stage. People will be able to stand up on stage and take photos with the characters in this unique collaboration with kabuki.

     

    Signboard

    An original signboard will be displayed at the entrance to Minami-za.

     

    Free Bonus Items

    All customers who visit the theatre will receive one of these 18 possible coasters for free.

     

    Merchandise

    Those who hold a ticket to the event will be able to purchase a selection of original merchandise at the theatre. The items will also be sold online at Shochiku Kabuki-ya Honpo.

    Teabags (4 Flavours) | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    Special teabags will also be sold at the Tokyo and Kobikicho Square branches of Shochiku Kabuki-ya Honpo as well as their online website between October 21 and 23.

     

    Tickets to the event are available via Lawson in Japan.

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • Learn Japanese History at Kyoto’s Nijo Castle Festival With the NAKED SAMURAI App

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    NAKED, INC. has announced the launch of a new project called ‘NAKED SAMURAI’ that will debut at Nijo Castle Festival 2020 which begins on October 14, 2020.

    NAKED has fused technology with reality for many different projects, such as CITY LIGHT FANTASIA—an evening projection mapping exhibit—which has been showcased in the observation deck halls of government buildings and towers, the Night Walk event in Hokkaido and Aomori, and more.

     

    With the effects of COVID-19 changing the way we live our lives, so too does NAKED have to change the way it blends tech with real life. And that’s where NAKED SAMURAI comes in which the company is taking to Nijo Castle, one of Japan’s many tourist hot spots as well as a World Heritage Site.

     

    See historical architecture while learning Japanese history

    NAKED SAMURAI is an app used for smartphones that has a samurai as your guide with fully-recoded lines. The samurai will tell users the history and stories behind the various spots at Nijo Castle from his perspective. When putting your phone up to certain places, certain sites that are normally locked at Nijo Castle will open up onto the app, giving you a rare look into what’s inside.

     

    Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toyotomi Hideyori, and other historical figures make an appearance

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  • Enjoy Breakfast With a Feline Twist at eXcafe Gion in Kyoto Where They Serve Cat Shaped Toast

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    Gion is one of Kyoto’s biggest and most famous shopping districts. eXcafe Gion is located along Shinbashi-dori Street, which is listed as one of Japan’s Important Preservation Districts of Historic Buildings, making it within walking distance of many traditional places in Kyoto such as Yasaka Shrine, Hanamikoji Street, Shirakawa, Tatsumidaimyojin Shrine, and more.

    eXcafe Mikeneko Breakfast | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

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    The toast is served with mitarashi-dango for dessert which can be cooked on top of the little stove that you get.

     

    Enjoy a super cute breakfast meal at eXcafe and then a stroll around Gion when visiting Kyoto.

  • Autumn Lights Set to Illuminate Kyoto’s Konkai-Komyoji Temple This November

    04.October.2020 | SPOT

    Autumn illuminations are set to shine on Konkai-Komyoji Temple in Kyoto from November 13.

    Konkai-Komyoji Temple is a Buddhist temple that was founded in 1175. It is one of the eight temples of the Jodo sect of Buddhism and his home to numerous treasures including a painting by Edo period painter Itō Jakuchū, folding screen paintings by Tomioka Tessai, and more. There are many wonders to behold at the temple, such as the Tora-no-ma which has sliding doors that depending on how they are open or closed display a different number of tigers, or the Shiun Gardens which have a stream that reflects the beautiful autumnal colours of the overhead trees.

    The temple is also home to the Goko Shuyui Amida Butsu statue, which has been picked up by the Japanese media on many occasions and referred to as the “Afro Buddha” due to its afro hairstyle.

     

    There will be Japanese music performances with traditional instruments like the koto and shinobue three times an evening for the illumination event. If you’re in Kyoto this autumn, this is one event to not miss.

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    Keifuku Electric Railroad is lending its strength to Rokuo-in Temple in Kyoto this autumn to light up the ancient site in the evenings from November 14 to December 6.

    Shari-den (Photo taken in 2019)


    Temple path (Photo taken in 2019)

    This year marks the 5th run of the autumn evening light-ups. The temple, just a four minute walk from Rokuoin Station, is known for its beautiful maple trees which blossom breathtaking autumnal colours during the fall season.

    Temple reception hall with fusuma images


    Fusuma image example

    The temple is selling new goshuin temple stamp books this year for the light-up event. Visitors will also be able to see 56 fusuma images drawn by contemporary Japanese artist Takaya Fuji.

     

    Rokuo-in Temple will close early next year for approximately 2 years and 9 months for repairs. The temple is also currently limiting the number of people allowed at once, making this year the best time to see the autumn leaves.

  • Sip Sparkling Wine and Other Drinks Among Tokyo’s Nightscape With Sarabeth’s HIGH TEA TERRACE NIGHT

    19.September.2020 | FOOD

    The Tokyo branch of New York-based restaurant chain Sarabeth’s has announced a special autumn event that goes by the name ‘HIGH TEA TERRACE NIGHT.’ Set to run from September 23 to October 31, customers will be able to sit on a rooftop terrace in the evening with Tokyo’s towering cityscape surrounding them while drinking sparkling wine and other all-you-can-drink free-flow alcoholic beverages—high tea style.

    High tea refers to post-dinner evening tea time. At Sarabeth’s, customers can look forward to dining on a special set menu for grown-ups with alcohol and other treats.

    High Tea Style Set Menu With Free Drink | ¥5,000 (Before Tax)

    Served on an afternoon tea stand, tuck into six different appetisers, meatball sliders, and truffle flavoured French fries. For the main dish, there’s steak made in a red wine sauce and boletus mushrooms. Free drinks include sparkling wine, red and white wine, beer, high balls, cocktails, soft drinks, and more.

     

    Feel the evening breeze of autumn while indulging in a special high tea experience in Tokyo.

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