Kyoto State Guesthouse begins year-round access for tourists

Jul 21, 2016

Kyoto State Guesthouse begins year-round access for tourists

The Kyoto State Guesthouse opened to the public on Thursday, marking the start of year-round access to the luxurious facility that is used to host foreign heads of state and other government guests. The Japanese-style complex, which features ikebana, giant tapestries and other traditional ...

Kyoto's Shokado museum showcases nature, tea ceremony, art

Jul 6, 2016

Kyoto's Shokado museum showcases nature, tea ceremony, art

The Shokado Garden Art Museum in a suburban Kyoto neighborhood offers a respite to visitors with its distinct seasonal variations of flora as well as recreated tea ceremony houses, calligraphy works and brush paintings — all associated with medieval Japanese Buddhist monk Shokado Shojo. ...

Office chair racing on a roll overseas

Jul 1, 2016

Office chair racing on a roll overseas

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Endurance races involving wheeled office chairs have spread from their birthplace in a small Kyoto suburban town across Japan to Taiwan and China. The races are named Isu-1 Grand Prix — a pun on the Japanese word “isu” for chair and Formula 1 racing. ...