The Great Wall of China.

The Great Wall of China. After a few weeks of travelling in Japan, we finally arrived in China. It was quite concerning what’s being broadcasted on the news about the great smog in Beijing (this was in November 2013). The Beijing hotel staff promptly warned us to bring some masks[...]

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Monkeys in the Park! (Arashimaya)

Monkeys in the Park! (Arashimaya) In the Western outskirts of Kyoto lies the district of Arashimaya. It’s about 45 minute train ride from the city of Kyoto but is well worth the travel time. A beautiful and touristy part of Kyoto; this district is very famous during the cherry blossoms[...]

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Finding Zen in Kyoto

Finding Zen in Kyoto. Coming to Kyoto and not exploring the many Zen Temples and Gardens is like going to China and not seeing the Great Wall, or Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower. It would be sacrilegeous! I did not miss the opportunity of visiting one of the[...]

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Kyoto at Night

Kyoto at Night. Whenever I visit a new city, I make sure I spend a few good hours absorbing the night sceneries. Kyoto is one city that is just so delightful to see when daylight fades. Although not as bright and sparkly as Tokyo or Osaka, the nighttime atmosphere in[...]

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Kiyumizu-Dera Temple

Kiyumizu-Dera Temple. The Kiyumizu-Dera temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Japan. It’s also considered as a UNESCO World Heritage site, because it is one of the most significant and historical monuments in Kyoto. The temple structures were built in the 1600s and constructed entirely without the[...]

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