21 Sep | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Belgian Tea Master in Kyoto

Practicing the tea ceremony gave me the opportunity not only to deepen my understanding of the ritual, but simultaneously to expand my knowledge into other areas of Japanese culture because of its relation to the practice. In essence, I have come to feel that the tea ceremony is a microcosm of Japanese culture as a whole.

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18 Sep | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

OSUSUME Japan – Kyoto Brewing Company: When Worlds Collide

Kyoto is a city that is famous for its rich and historic culture. But the beauty of culture is that it is never fixed. Innovation and exploration, defining qualities of Kyoto Brewing Company, are at the center of a cultural revolution maintaining Kyoto’s relevance in our modern world.

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4 Sep | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Interview with Eka Wong, author of the “Hungry in Japan” books

Today we are so happy to ask some questions to Eka Wong, author of the “Hungry in Tokyo”, “Hungry in Osaka” and “Hungry in Kyoto” books….

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2 Sep | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

The Saba Kaido: Kyoto’s Historic Mackerel Highway

The peaks of northern Kyoto are crisscrossed with roads and trails that wind through valleys and over mountain passes to Fukui Prefecture and the Japan Sea. Since at least the Heian Period (794-1185), the mountain passes have connected the imperial capital to the port of Obama City, which was a hub for marine goods. The Saba Kaido (kaido 街道 usually translates to “old road”) that connected these ancient areas…

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22 Jul | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Guide of the Month 2019: Gabi from Osaka

I am Gabi, an Arigato Japan Food Tours guide in Osaka and Kyoto. I was born and raised in Brazil, but my grandfather was Japanese. He left Japan with his family around 1920 and completely adapted to life in Brazil. When I was born he was already older and I didn’t have much change to hear about Japan from him. That made me very curious about my heritage, the culture and food in Japan…

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11 Jun | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Guide of the Month May 2019: Hiroe from Kyoto

Today we’re more than happy to introduce you our guide of the month for May 2019, Hiroe from our Kyoto team. Hiroe is an architect, scholar, foodie, mom and a lovely woman with a huge heart!

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1 Jun | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

From Kyoto to Hiroshima: Cheers to Beer!

Food and drink are fiercely regional in Japan and beer has played nicely into this. Home to the food and imperial capitals of Osaka and Kyoto, respectively, Kansai boasts a lively and enthusiastic craft scene. A little more to the west lies Hiroshima with its own unique take on beer. Any lover of suds would be remiss not to check out these three craft havens while on holiday in Japan.

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6 Apr | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

OSUSUME Japan – Kyoto Beer Lab

Kyoto is both the protector of Japan’s cultural heritage and the innovator of its future. This dual existence is exemplified in the tea beer at Kyoto Beer Lab, Cha Brewing LLC. Read on to find out more…

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4 Apr | Russ Mainwaring |No Comments

Rugby World Cup 2019 – Kyoto Rugby Food Tour

You can ring the new rugby ball shaped prayer bell and make your prayers for your team’s victory. You can write your prayers for your team’s success on a rugby ball shaped prayer tablet and hang it on the shrine’s wall. The tour will also include some north kyoto food specialities mame (bean) mochi from the Futaba store, one of the most popular in Kyoto, saba sushi ,the local sushi style, from a shop at the end of the 1000 year old Saba (mackerel)Trail…

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19 Dec | Jessica Iragne |No Comments

Where to stay in Japan – The Millennials

Originally Capsule Hotels were known to be cheap and to provide a basic amenities. However, The Millennials just put this concept on another level and offers their guests a whole new experience through social spaces and A LOT of facilities.

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More #harajuku cute #kawaii food tour love! Sweets, treats and back streets foodie adventures! ...

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Another gorgeous-spooky addition on our #Harajuku food tour! @soph it was so great to have you join us and of course you’re lovely even with redeye! Very seasonally appropriate! ...

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Love your #Halloween spin on our Harajuku tour! We loved having you! ...

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