Temple in Kyoto reopens hall after renovation

Apr 3, 2014

Temple in Kyoto reopens hall after renovation

The renowned Phoenix Hall at Byodoin Temple in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, threw open its doors to tourists Thursday following the completion of a 1½-year renovation project. The World Heritage site has had its exteriors, including roof bricks and phoenix statues, restored as part of ...

Under the beat of the Taiko in Kyoto

Mar 29, 2014

Under the beat of the Taiko in Kyoto

by Ted Taylor

Kyoto’s long history has ensured that it has seen its fair share of giants. Yet few of these legends have marked the city’s physical appearance to the extent of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, despite the man’s reputedly smallish stature. The most obvious of these landmarks was ...

BitSummit reveals tantalizing homemade worlds of play

Mar 13, 2014

BitSummit reveals tantalizing homemade worlds of play

by Jason Coskrey

After a successful debut last year, former Q-Games producer James Mielke once again shone a light on Japan’s independent gaming scene with the second edition of BitSummit, a gathering of independent developers. This year’s event, held March 7-9 in a large exhibition hall at ...

Ritz-Carlton hotel opens in Kyoto

Feb 7, 2014

Ritz-Carlton hotel opens in Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto opened Friday as the luxury hotel chain’s fourth branch in Japan, following those in Osaka, Tokyo and Okinawa. The hotel mainly targets wealthy travelers from abroad, charging between ¥65,000 and ¥1 million per room. The hotel has four floors above ground ...

Jan 29, 2014

Palace park to be used in disasters

The park surrounding the Kyoto Imperial Palace will be declared a base for the Self-Defense Forces, police and fire services in the event of a natural disaster, prefectural officials said Wednesday. The city of nearly 1.5 million people currently has no base for coordinating ...

Jan 26, 2014

Jury still out on Kansai union's worth

by Eric Johnston

A useless talk shop that will ultimately be remembered as a massive waste of taxpayer money, or a farsighted experiment that will someday be seen as the forerunner of a fundamentally new system of central government? That’s the question that supporters and critics of ...

Flash mobs put spotlight on kimono

Jan 6, 2014

Flash mobs put spotlight on kimono

by Sophie Jackman

A group of kimono enthusiasts is trying to change people’s attitudes about the traditional attire by invading public spaces en masse. Kimono Jack — a group that takes its name from the Japanese tendency to use “hijack” when referring to flash mobs — calls ...

Kyoto has recipe for promoting food

Jan 3, 2014

Kyoto has recipe for promoting food

by Mie Sakamoto

Now that traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list, Japan is looking to train foreign chefs in the ways of “washoku” to promote proper worldwide appreciation of the culinary heritage. At the forefront is the cultural capital of Kyoto. Since ...