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Japanese Sweets

When I visited Kyoto this New Year, just before getting in Shinkansen to Tokyo, I popped into a small Japanese style cafe at Kyoto Station.

And I had a wonderful little treat.

This yellow round thing is Nama-Yatsuhashi, with Kinako powder sprinkled over.

The black small cup on the left is Kuro-Mitsu, the Japanese sweet syrop.

The brown cup on the right is Japanese tea.

The most famous Japanese sweets for travelers to Kyoto is YatsuHashi.

YatsuHashi is a kind of cookies, seasoned with cinnamon.

When it is served unbaked, then it is called Nama-YatsuHashi, as Nama means raw or fresh.

It is soft and delicate.  Happy!

Taste Japan.


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The SoundScape of Secret Spring Water

Another healing soundscape from Elica.

This is the sound of secret spring water for tea ceremony in Ginkaku-Ji.

It was discovered in the 15th century when the pavilion was built.

Actually, the pavilion was built because of this spring water.

Feel the smoothness of the beautiful fresh green rocks and drippings of water.

The filming day was very quiet, but you may hear people’s footsteps and voices as well.  I think they too are the soundscape.

Enjoy.

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Silver Pavillion

I have shown you some sounds and photos of Ginkaku-ji temple. It is also known as the Silver Pavillion.

It was built in the15th Century by a strong Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, to spend his life after retiring.

And after his death, it was turned into a Zen temple, after his wish.

The spirit of Zen is tranquility.

People try Zen to find calmness in the heart.
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Zen needs to be explained more in detail, like Yoga, but leave it for now and enjoy the picture.

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Van Gogh and Japanese Painting Style Ukiyo-E.

I found perfect pine twigs to take a photo like Ukiyo-E.

Van Gogh was very fond of the Ukiyo-E style, and he left many paintings in the style.
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One of the points of Ukiyo-E is its exaggeration.

But look at my photograph!

Far-away temple peeping from between the voluptuous pine twigs.

This is no exaggeration.
This is a real angle you can enjoy at Ginkaku-Ji, Kyoto.

Think of this, what Ukiyo-E painters saw might have been quite real for them.


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The Sound of Water in a Japanese Garden

Relaxing time!

Enjoy the sound of water in a Japanese garden.

The garden is one of the exclusive Japanese Tofu restaurants in Kyoto, Junsei.
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Every new year, I visit here.  Now it becomes almost my ritual to spend a day of the. new year festive season.

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Yuba

We have many many kinds of soya cooking.

Tofu, Miso, Syoyu (Soy Sauce), AbuRageh, Ganmo, AtsuAgeh, and Yuba.

The meaning of Yuba is “The leaf of hot water”.

What?!

Yes, « Yu » is hot water, and « Ba » is a different form of « Ha » which means a leaf or leaves.

Look at this video, and you will know what Yuba is.

Fresh Yuba is like this.
KumiAgeh means “fresh from the pot”.

You can get dried Yuba in shops to bring back home.

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Sand Garden of Kongo-Buji

Have a peaceful time watching this quiet video of the sacred garden.

It is of Kongo-Buji, the main temple of Mount Koya, one of the world heritage.
Sand garden or Rock garden may be well known as a typical Japanese style.

The sand on the ground represents the sea.

The rocks sometimes represent places related to Buddhism, sometimes literature, and sometimes animals such as this.

The idea of the garden is « Two great dragons meeting at the centre of the universe ».

Very Samurai!

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Simple View of Nara, to Koya-san

Feel the deep and spirit of ancient Japan, watch this simple movie of the scenery from the train window.

The train is from Yoshino-guchi station to Koya-san, the world heritage.


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Mt Fuji from Shikansen

Let me share my video log of Mount Fuji, from the window of Shinkansen.

Nothing happens in the video.

Just enjoy watching this beautiful shape.

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Camellia Sasanqua

If and when you visit Kyoto, you may notice large red and/or white flowers on the road-side trees.

They are kinds of Camellia, called Sazanka.  

The Japanese people used to love the flowers very much, for they are ever-green, and simply brighten up our winters.

There also are many songs featuring the flower.

This Sazanka is on the Philosophy Allay (Tetsugaku-No-Michi) near Ginkaku-ji Temple.

The words of the Red Saanka are

« Overcome Difficulties » ,
« Constant »,
« You are the most beautiful one. »

To whom will you give the flower to?


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