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Kyobancha, the Winter Warmer

There’s nothing like the smell of a wood-burning open fire in the dead of winter to make you feel warm and cozy.  But if you don’t have a real fireplace, there’s another way to snuggle up! A fairly unfamiliar Japanese tea called Kyobancha will fill your home and heart with a smoky, toasty fragrance that smells just like a log fire. The strong woody aroma gives way to a surprisingly mild yet edgy tea that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It’s also proven–by sake-swigging salarymen–to be...
Tags: Tea, Japan, Kyoto, Tea Industry, Bancha, Japanese tea, Smoked Tea, Kyobancha, Kyoto Bancha

Jan 27 - TESOL (Young Learners): Being an effective teacher

LTP (Language Teaching Professionals). January 27 (Sun), 14:00-16:30 in Kyoto. David Paul.
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Jan 27 - TESOL (Young Learners): Lesson planning

LTP (Language Teaching Professionals). January 27 (Sun), 10:30-13:00 in Kyoto. David Paul.
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Relax With The Coolest Photography Links Of The Week

As we ring in a brand new year full of excitement for what lies ahead in the field of photography we find that Toad Hollow Photography has been looking all over the internet for links to share here with everyone. This weeks list is full of tutorials, special features and great photography representing some of the finest posts and photographs that artists and writers are posting today. We sincerely hope you are off to a great new year and will enjoy this list of links as much as the Toad did in b...
Tags: Photography, England, New York, United States, Belgium, Vancouver, Detroit, Kyoto, Michael, Tuscany, Noël, Honolulu, Fred, Jean, Len, Adnan

Japan's New 'Sayonara' Tax on Travelers Is Here

Thanks to a bevy of flight deals and new routes, it's now easier than ever to get to Japan — but it also just got slightly more expensive to leave the country once you've had your fill of Tokyo sushi, Okinawa beaches, and Kyoto temples. On Monday, the country began collecting a "sayonara" tax from visitors. The new fee of ¥1,000 ($9.23) will be tacked onto plane and ship transportation fares of all passengers when booking, regardless of nationality.
Tags: Travel, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa

Otoboke Beaver – “anata watashi daita ato yome no meshi” Video

Kyoto’s Otoboke Beaver bang out vicious garage punk at high speed. Last year, we premiered the quartet's "anata watashi daita ato yome no meshi" 7", which saw them throw their screams and savagery at the cruelty of love. The title translates to "After making love to me, you eat your wife’s cooking." Today, … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Premiere, Kyoto, Otoboke Beaver

Motion Design: KIYOMI KOBAYASHI Title Sequence

Motion Design: KIYOMI KOBAYASHI Title Sequence AoiroStudioJan 08, 2019 The famous city of Kyoto, Japan; over the years the streets kept its traditions and culture. The architecture has aged well over time and in Gion; you still can notice Geishas running down the small street alleys for their performances. I would like to share a motion design project by Yi Le, director and co-founder of Loop LOOP Studios from Shanghai, China. He created an opening title sequ...
Tags: Design, Kyoto, Kyoto Japan, Shanghai China, Hideyoshi, Kobayashi, KIYOMI KOBAYASHI, Yi Le director

Honeymoon Destinations: why Kyoto needs to be on your list

Kyoto is a beautiful city you need to experience immediately. Image via Sorasak. In case you missed it, there’s been a quiet tourism revolution going on and Japan is at the centre of it! These days it seems like everyone you know has either just been to Japan, is on their way to Japan or is planning a holiday there. In fact, in 2017 Japan was in the top 10 countries visited by Australians according to official stats.  Continue reading Honeymoon Destinations: why Kyoto needs to be on your list ...
Tags: Japan, Wedding, Kyoto, Honeymoons, Honeymoon Planning

5 alluring places to visit in April

Whether it's a visit to Kyoto for geishas and cherry blossoms or a raucous vacation deep in the heart of Texas, here are five alluring places to visit in April.
Tags: Texas, Cnn, Kyoto

My Favorite Reads of 2018

If you read about my literary journey in 2017, you might not expect that this year could top it, but 2018 was a great year of reads for me. The number of books I read is my second all-time high score with a whopping 95 books. (The highest number of books I read was 101 books and that was well over 25 years ago.) It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ― Oscar WildeClick To Tweet This was my 7th year completing the GoodReads Rea...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, Japan, Usa, England, New York, London, Minnesota, Greece, Molly, Russia, US, Earth, Best, Features

Best boutique hotels opening in 2019

It’s time to get stoked for travel in 2019, and if you’re the type that prefers a dash of originality and flavor in your lodging choices, the year is shaping up to be banner status. Destinations across the world are stepping up their boutique hotel game, and 2019 is filled with exciting openings, particularly for those willing to venture beyond the typical major urban hubs. Boutique hotels first emerged in the ‘90s to meet the increasing demand for unique design, but they’ve come a long way s...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, London, Bali, Africa, Earth, Britain, South Africa, Tennessee, Dubai, Bristol, Sri Lanka, Kyoto, Ubud, Smoky Mountains

Double Trouble: Hot Chop’s twin-engined Harley drag bike

Squeezing two Harley engines into one chassis is a special form of lunacy, most commonly found in the drag racing scene in the USA. In the glory days of the mid-70s, Bonnie Truett linked a pair of Sportster motors and nitro-injected them. A decade later, Elmer Trett built an even faster twin-engined bike: the ‘Freight Train,’ which ran the quarter mile in under seven seconds. Despite the wealth of tuning talent in Japan, no double-engined Harley has been built there—until now. Kentaro Na...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Usa, Minnesota, Motorcycles, Ducati, Kyoto, Harley, Harley-davidson, Takahashi, Sakai, Nakano, Imola, Harley-Davidson Sportster, Racing Motorcycles, Ironhead Sportster

Video of depressing first class train service between Boston and Washington DC.

This guy made a video about his train ride using first class Amtrak service between Boston and Washington DC. It took seven hours. By way of comparison, the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes two hours and twenty minutes and the distance is about the same. The first class waiting lounge is "run down." There's no reserved seating and the seats are beat-up. The boarding process is "pretty chaotic." The food is not great either (Dunkin' Donuts coffee?). At one point cops came on the train w...
Tags: Video, News, Boston, United States, Washington Dc, Tokyo, Amtrak, Kyoto, Dunkin Donuts, Crumbling Infrastructure

The Black Belt Chazutsu Masters

Maturity, proficiency, dedication, accuracy, determination, sweat, skill, reward: this is what a black belt in martial arts signifies. I’ve seen these same characteristics in a tea caddy maker in Kyoto. Kaikado in Kyoto is a remarkable company. They specialize in crafting chazutsu or what we call in the west, a tea caddy. And they’ve been hand-making them in the same family for over 130 years spanning six generations. Each one is made by hand either in copper, brass, or tin. Kaikado rules t...
Tags: Tea, Japan, China, Uncategorized, Traditional, Kyoto, Sakura, Samurai, Akita Prefecture, Kakunodate, Chazutsu, Tea Caddy, Wabi-sabi, Kyoto Kaikado

Why 2019 Is the Best Time to Visit Japan

It would be easy to argue that there is no bad time to visit Japan. With a centuries-old culture, some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and stunning natural beauty, there is a reason that “travel to Japan” appears on so many bucket lists. That being said, there are several reasons why 2019 is shaping up to be the best time to finally book that vacation to the Land of the Rising Sun. In fact, Japan itself is working hard to attract more tourists, with a stated goal of bringing 40 mil...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, India, Malaysia, Tokyo, Travel Tips, Kyoto, Travelers, Imperial Palace, China Thailand, Ministry of the Environment, Akasaka Palace

Wigglegram of a Tea House at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Kyoto

Note: this article may not appear properly in news readers.This article contains interactive aspects that are likely removed by most news readers. Please see this particular article directly on Jeffrey's blog for full functionality. The previous post, “ Another Visit to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Northeastern Kyoto ” , ended with the photo of an old tea house. To give a better sense of its common, simple architecture, here's wigglegram of the room: div#dfENfPagfagflcA img { width:69...
Tags: Photography, Japan, General, Kyoto, Fall Colors, Temples And Shrines, JEFFREY, Tea House, Wigglegrams, Animatable Wigglegram, Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Northeastern Kyoto

Worst destinations for overtourism

Tourism is important to many economies, but when the influx of visitors threatens the lifestyle and well-being of locals and residents, citizens of the hardest-hit spots must decide if they value their quality of life and the protection of their land and buildings over the economic benefits of having thousands, if not millions, of visitors. In some places, such as Dubrovnik, Croatia, it’s the short-term visitors who cause the most severe problems: cruise ship passengers arrive in droves, trai...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Scotland, India, Spain, Barcelona, Rome, Tourism, Italy, Venice, Kyoto, Isle Of Skye, Trevi Fountain, All, Cancun, Kyoto Japan

Cops: “JC Thots Get Off, We Only Punish Men Here!”

Police are being called to explain just why a 13-year-old schoolgirl who sold nude selfies of herself to men on Twitter escaped any punishment whatsoever, after they arrested all her buyers for child porn offences when she turned them over. According to the Kyoto prefectural police’s juvenile division, the junior high student sold nude pictures […]
Tags: Twitter, Japan, Crime, Law, Prostitution, Police, Anime, Schoolgirls, Kyoto

Heading to Hiroshima

Its a bit like planes trains and automobiles today as we have to make our way from Kyoto to Hiroshima which involves a few trains one bullet train and finally a street tram. We get up early so we can sit down and have a proper breakfast before we leave
Tags: Travel, Kyoto, Hiroshima

Temple time in Kyoto

One of the great additional unexpected benefits of being here has been that my sleeping has been amazing. I'm falling asleep by 11pm and although a few toilet stops in the night i'm not waking up again until about 8am and waking up feeling refreshed. I
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Catching the bullet train to Kyoto

Its another early start this morning as we've got to get the bus from Mount Fuji to Mishima and then the bullet train from Mishima down to Kyoto. Plus we both wanted to get up early to see Mount Fuji in all her glory as its a beautiful clear morning. We w
Tags: Travel, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Mishima, Kyoto Plus

Major Green Tea Manufacturers in Japan – Part 1

Ito En, the Originator Ito En is Japan’s #1 manufacturer of canned and bottled green tea products. The company was the first to make a canned green tea drink that was sold in Japanese vending machines when it debuted its canned sencha green tea in 1985. Today, Ito En’s signature bottled green tea product is Ooi Ocha-Ryokucha , which translates into English as, “Hey, Tea!” Sold in a clear, plastic bottle with a leaf-green wrapper, Ooi Ocha-Ryokucha is Japan’s best-selling vending mac...
Tags: Tea, Japan, Green Tea, Kyoto, Sapporo, Suntory, Tea Industry, Ito En, Japanese tea, Bottled Tea, Canned Tea, Pre-made Tea, Major Green Tea Manufacturers, Ooi Ocha Ryokucha, Ooi Ocha Koicha, Ayataka

Best places for new solo travelers

Whether you’re flying newly solo or just testing your wings for the first time, traveling alone can be a real treat. Seeing the world at your own pace and discovering the places you’re most interested in, unbeholden to the schedules and whims of others, is a powerful experience. There’s a big world out there, full of beautiful, safe places — not to mention incredible people on similar journeys — just waiting to be discovered. Here are seven of the best destinations for new solo travelers to g...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Toronto, Barack Obama, Canada, Santiago, Chile, New Zealand, Switzerland, Patagonia, Tokyo, Geneva, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, Vietnam, Montreal

Meet the Team – Marina Torruella

Hi everyone, I’m Marina, and I just joined the Web-Translations team as Project Coordinator after finishing my MA in Audiovisual Translation Studies at the University of Leeds. I’m really excited about starting my career in the language industry in this company! While my MA focused on audiovisual translation, particularly on interlingual and monolingual subtitling, I also translated thousands of words in my different language combinations and learnt a lot about project management and CAT tools....
Tags: Japan, UK, Catalonia, Barcelona, Korea, Linguistics, Leeds, Kyoto, University Of Leeds, Marina, China Japan, Ministry of Education, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Ritsumeikan University, Marina Torruella, Torruella

"The standing bars of Osaka: Cheap, cheerful and nostalgic" & The Beginning of a New Tachinomiya Project

Unbeknownst to the visual anthropologist, he is caught in the act  of research. Photo by his significant other parked across the street. One of my tachinomiya field sites is closing at the end of this month so I have been rushing to do some salvage ethnography, trying to record the unique shop before it closes. I have no concrete plans for the research data and photos at this time (a few ideas though) but the rush is on.A recent article in The Japan Times by Matt Kaufman seems to confirm ...
Tags: Photography, Japan, Anthropology, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Tohoku, Japan Times, Kitakyushu, Noren, Personal Privacy, Tachinomiya, Visual Ethnography, VAOJ, Photo Project, Matt Kaufman

Nov 25 - Story-Based Teaching For Very Young Learners

LTP (Language Teaching Professionals). November 25 (Sun), 14:00-16:30 in Kyoto. Scott Crowe.
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Nov 25 - Context-based teaching for very young learners

LTP (Language Teaching Professionals). November 25 (Sun), 10:30-13:00 in Kyoto. Scott Crowe.
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Once upon a time I've met this photo session on the streets of Kyoto. It was an excellent...
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Japan Day 6

Day 6Our our agenda this morning is one of the most important temples in Kyoto the Golden Temple. Over two thousand metric tons of gold leaf was used in the construction. Thats a lot of gold leaf. Our guide suggested we visit it first befo
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Japan Day 4

Day 4We were leaving on the 1208 bullet train from Hokado to Kyoto but we were up early. I felt much better. We wandered through the quiet hotel until we found the coffee bar open. We drank excellent coffee and read the Japan version of the NY Times
Tags: Travel, Japan, Kyoto, Hokado