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  1. Masuda Tokubei Shoten Tsukinokatsura Yanagi Junmai Ginjo

    Masuda Tokubei Shoten Tsukinokatsura Yanagi Junmai Ginjo

    Masuda Tokubei Shoten's Tsukinokatsura Yanagi Junmai Ginjō (増田徳兵衛商店 16度 月の桂 純米吟醸 柳) is made of Yamadanishiki, and Yumenishiki rice milled to 50%. Despite its splendid and rich fragrance, it is refined, harmonising perfectly with Japanese and Western food. The light ginjō aroma and the fine...
  2. Higashiyama Konteki Tokubetsu Junmai

    Higashiyama Konteki Tokubetsu Junmai

    Higashiyama's Konteki Tokubetsu Junmai (東山酒造 特別純米酒 坤滴) is made of Yamadanishiki milled to 60%. For Konteki, the brewery uses specially cultivated Yamadanishiki rice from Tanaka Masayasu (田中正保) in Tottori Prefecture, resulting in a rich and aromatic taste. Konteki (坤滴) is the flagship brand of...
  3. Tamanohikari Junmai Daiginjo Bizen-Omachi

    Tamanohikari Junmai Daiginjo Bizen-Omachi

    Tamanohikari Junmai Daiginjō Bizen-Ōmachi (玉乃光純米大吟醸備前雄町) is made of Bizen Ōmachi from Okayama Prefecture, the birthplace of this heirloom rice variety milled to 50%, and Association No. 901 yeast. Best consumed slightly chilled, it pairs well with sushi and tempura and fish-based French and...
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    Travel News Kyoto's Jidai Matsuri held for the first time in three years

    Kyoto's Jidai Matsuri (時代祭), the "Festival of Ages," held every year on 22 October, will take place this year after a two-year Corornavirus-related hiatus. The festival commemorates the foundation of Kyoto and consists of a parade between the Imperial Palace and Heian Shrine...
  5. The Onin War 1467-77: A Turning Point in Samurai History

    History The Onin War 1467-77: A Turning Point in Samurai History

    The story of the terrible Ōnin War (応仁の乱, Ōnin no Ran) has now been told. In this groundbreaking book, the author has drawn on previously untranslated primary sources to set the famous yet misunderstood conflict in its true context. Its history begins with the glory days of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu...
  6. Makko Junmai Ginjo Namagenshu

    Makko Junmai Ginjo Namagenshu

    Makkō Junmai Ginjō Namagenshu (真向 純米吟醸 生原酒) is made of Iwai (祝 "celebration") rice planted and harvested by the Kyōto Sake Grove Association (京都酒林会 Kyōto Sakebayashi-kai). The Takamiya Farm (高宮農園) in Fushimi initiated the project with the support of local residents and other volunteers who...
  7. Yamamoto Honke Shinsei Tokubetsu Junmai

    Yamamoto Honke Shinsei Tokubetsu Junmai

    Yamamoto Honke's Shinsei Tokubetsu Junmai (神聖 特別純米酒 限定品) is made of domestic rice milled to 60% and has plenty of rice flavour. The label shows Saga's famous bamboo grove (竹林の散策路). The Shinsei Tokubetsu Junmai can be enjoyed cold, at normal temperature, and as kanzake.
  8. Takara Mio Sparkling Sake

    Takara Mio Sparkling Sake

    Takara's Shochikubai Shirakabegura Mio (澪) Sparkling Sake is made of only rice, koji, and water. It is uniquely refreshing, fruity, and balanced with crisp acidity. The character 澪 (mio) evokes images of the delicate foam emerging in a ship's wake, this sparkling sake is a light refresher...
  9. Shoryuji Castle

    Castle Shoryuji Castle

    Shōryūji Castle (勝龍寺城 Shōryūji-jō) is located in Nagaokakyo in the south-west of Kyōto, at the confluence of the Obata and Inugawa Rivers in the southwest of the Kyōto Basin, at the crossroads of the Saigoku Highway (西国街道) and Koganawate (久我畷) connecting the city to the west. The name of the...
  10. Yodo Castle

    Castle Yodo Castle

    Yodo Castle (淀城 Yodo-jō) was a Japanese castle located in Yodo, Kuze District, Yamashiro Province (now Yodo Honmachi, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto). Today, only the stone walls and part of the moat of the main castle remain. During the Edo period, the castle was occupied by the Matsudaira, the Toda, the...
  11. Fushimi Castle

    Castle Fushimi Castle

    Fushimi Castle (伏見城 Fushimi-jō) is located in the Fushimi district of Kyōto. It is also known as Momoyama Castle (桃山城 Momoyama-jō) or Fushimi-Momoyama Castle. Toyotomi Hideyoshi built the castle as a residence in the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The current structure is a replica constructed in 1964...
  12. Takara Shochikubai Ryoma ga yuku

    Takara Shochikubai Ryoma ga yuku

    Takara Shochikubai Ginjō Ryoma ga Yuku (松竹梅・松竹梅・龍馬がゆく・吟醸) is a regular ginjō made of domestic rice milled down to 60%. The alcohol content ranges between 15-16%. This is a sake that's mainly sold in supermarkets at a price range of around 600 JPY.
  13. Sonobe Castle

    Castle Sonobe Castle

    Do you know which was the last castle to be built in Japan? The answer is, of course, Sonobe Castle (園部城 Sonobe-jō). It was built in the Meiji Period. And it was neither a military facility of the Meiji army nor a replica, but the main castle of the Sonobe Domain. After Tokugawa Ieyasu...
  14. Yagi Castle

    Castle Yagi Castle

    Yagi Castle (八木城 Yagi-jō) was a Japanese castle located in the vicinity of Yagi, Nantan, Kyōto Prefecture and Kanzen, Miyamae, Kameoka. It is one of the three major castles in Tamba Province (丹波国), along with Kuroi Castle (黒井城 Kuroi-jō) and Yakami Castle (八上城 Yakamii-jō). The castle is...
  15. Tamba Kameyama Castle

    Castle Tamba Kameyama Castle

    Kameyama Castle (亀山城 Kameyama-jō) is a former hilltop castle located in Kameoka, the former province of Tamba (丹波国), about ten kilometres west of Kyōto. Its construction began under Akechi Mitsuhide (明智光秀, 1528-1582), a vassal of Oda Nobunaga, in the Tenshō period (天正, 1573–1592). It was...
  16. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

    Culture UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

    As of 2021, Japan has 25 UNESCO world heritage sites, including twenty cultural and five natural heritage sites. Japan acceded to the World Heritage Convention in 1992, and the first four world heritage sites were added to the world heritage list in 1993. The last world heritage sites to date...
  17. Kinkakuji

    Kinkakuji

  18. Uji Byodo-in

    Uji Byodo-in

    Byōdō-in (平等院) temple in Uji.
  19. Momoyama Imperial Mausoleum

    Momoyama Imperial Mausoleum

    Momoyama Imperial Mausoleum in Fushimi, in the south of Kyoto, the tomb of Emperor Meiji.
  20. Momoyama Imperial Mausoleum

    Momoyama Imperial Mausoleum

    Momoyama Imperial Mausoleum in Fushimi, in the south of Kyoto, the tomb of Emperor Meiji.
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