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July 12th 2014

Today I went to Uji and finally got to see Byōdōin :D but the renovations weren’t completely finished so Phoenix Hall was still closed. It’s a lovely place but quite expensive to get in if you’re not interested in seeing the museum (which I’d already been to)

Also, since I was in Uji, I spent an obscene amount of money on tea. obscene.  

  #uji    #kyoto    #japan    #tea    #byodoin    #temple  

Ikebana Class July 10th

This week we did two different arrangements in one class. Next week will be the last class, I don’t want it to end! :)

  #ikebana    #japan    #traditional arts    #kyoto    #flowers  

Ikebana Class July 19th

Remember how I said I wasn’t ready to arrange flowers without guidance yet? Well that’s exactly what we had to do in our last class. Unsurprisingly my ikebana arrangement (the top one) wasn’t so pretty. but it was fun to be able to do whatever we wanted, when we do it next time I am determined to improve :)

Also, the sensei took us to see his garden near the studio. It was so pretty, I’m jealous of his gorgeous traditional Japanese house.

  #japan    #kyoto    #skp    #ikebana    #flowers  

フクロウのみせ - Osaka 2014/06/07

The Owl Cafe in Osaka is a lovely place, for just ¥1000 (under a tenner) you can play with owls for almost an hour, and you get a drink. おすすめです ^-^

  #Osaka    #owl cafe    #japan    #owls    #owl    #cafe    #cute  

More Ikebana

I am now more than half way through my Ikebana course, and I am falling more and more in love with the art, although I am still not even close to understanding it well enough to arrange the flowers without guidance :)

  #kyoto    #ritsumeikan    #ikebana    #traditional arts    #flowers  

Golden Week 

For Golden week (May 2nd-5th) my friend came to visit me so we could explore Kyoto and the surrounding area together. We managed to squeeze a lot of things into our too-short weekend, including feeding monkeys, watching yabusame (horseback archery), seeing a show of traditional arts in Gion, visiting the deer in Nara park, and spending a lot of time in Arashiyama. It was lovely to see a friend from home again, and a welcome break from studying! 

  #Japan    #kyoto    #nara    #deer    #maiko    #yabusame    #arashiyama    #monkeys  
Yabusame May 2014, Kyoto

Yabusame May 2014, Kyoto

  #Kyoto    #japan    #yabusame    #festival  
Beer Jelly @ Bambocheur, Kyoto

Beer Jelly Bambocheur, Kyoto

  #japan    #kyoto    #sweets    #cute    #beer    #jelly    #food  

Bambocheur, Kyoto

  #kyoto    #japan    #cakes    #sweets    #food    #cute  

Ikebana Class

This semester I’m taking Ikebana (Flower arranging) classes. It’s a lot more complicated than you might expect; it requires flower to be cut to precise lengths and placed at the right angles and often the arrangements have specific meanings, for example in today’s arrangement the longer branch represents Heaven, the medium is Man, and the shortest one is Earth.

Bonus fuzzy ipod photo of last weeks Ikebana:

  #Japan    #Kyoto    #Ritsumeikan    #SKP    #Ikebana    #flowers  

April 1st - Cherry Blossom viewing in Arashiyama

I loved seeing all the pretty flowery trees, I hope to get a chance to get out and take more pretty pictures, especially around Kinkakuji, but today was pretty windy so that seems unlikely :/

In other news, I went to Osaka yesterday to see an English comedy show (info here) which was a lot of fun. No pictures from that though except this one of my delicious lunch

Also I actually felt an earthquake properly for the first time since coming to Japan, but all it did was shake my desk a bit while I was trYING TO WRITE STUFF.

  #Japan    #Kyoto    #Osaka    #Arashiyama    #ohanami    #cherry blossoms    #spring  

March 4th - Fushimi Inari Shrine

I’d already been here shortly after arriving in Japan, but the summer heat meant it was too hard to make it all the way to the top. This time we managed it! We ate delicious kitsune udon on the way up, and saw lots of kitties :)

  #Japan    #Kyoto    #shrine    #fushimi inari  
Chillin’ at Tokyo Disney Sea - Feb 2014

Chillin’ at Tokyo Disney Sea - Feb 2014

  #Japan    #Tokyo    #Disney  
Kinkakuji, Kyoto - 2013

Kinkakuji, Kyoto - 2013

  #holiday queue    #Japan    #Kyoto    #kinkakuji    #temple  
Kinkakuji, Kyoto - 2013

Kinkakuji, Kyoto - 2013

  #holiday queue    #Japan    #Kyoto    #Kinkakuji    #temple