kyoami

kyoami

Writer/ Translator


I love Japanese folkcraft article, traditional handicrafts and antiques. I’m seeking the Japanese people’s religious outlooks and its origins that are behind Japanese people’s unique sense and techniques rooted in the ordinary life.

Articles

Substitute monkey
2015.10.04
“Substitute monkey”, the amulet that’s hung in front of houses in Nara.
The monkey came to Japan via a silk road!? When you walk around the town of Nara, you’ll notice that there are several stuffed toy monkeys hanging
The ladle postcard
2015.09.08
An Original Souvenir from Miyajima : Make your own “Spatula Postcard”!
# What's the story behind Miyajima and the spatula? You’ll notice that there are many spatulas sold on Omotesando street and the world’s largest spa
2015.09.08
How to Enjoy the “Chrysanthemum Festival” on September 9th
The September 9th and the chrysanthemum flowers are said to bring good luck. Here is why.
Heijyo-kyo
2015.08.27
”Heijyo-kyo", the capital of Japan during the Nara period and the Heijyo palace site ruins
What’s there you ask? Vast green grounds and Chinese style construction If you take the Kintestu train from Osaka to Nara, you may see vast green g
The couple in Yukata.
2015.08.17
How and where to rent a yukata in Kyoto
Yukata is a typical kind of Kimono, worn during the summer. It used to be called yukata-bira, which were an undergarment noble people in the Heian per
morning glory
2015.08.11
Asagao or "morning glory" the beloved flower of summer!
The beloved flower of summer, the Morning Glory What kind of flowers bloom in your country during the summer? Japan is now in the middle of its sum
People and the ice to freeze before the precincts.
2015.08.07
Japan has an ice God and you can celebrate it in Nara; the Himuro Shirayuki Festival
The Himuro Shirayuki Festival with the God of ice The festival started in August of last year (2014) at Himuro Shrine. 1300 years ago, the city w
The shop of Ootsu-e
2015.08.06
“Ootsu-e”, the folk art loved by travellers in Ootsu, Shiga Prefecture; Let’s go and buy one!
The folk art that was loved by travellers as souvenir Let me introduce this interesting shop that I found while walking by Biwa-ko Lake. There
Ittoseki 
2015.07.28
The mysterious stone, “Ittoseki” passes down the legend of battle between a master of swordplay and a Tengu
A large, mysterious stone in Iwayato, Yagyu The stone is clearly split into two and looks like as if it was easily cut by knife. It’s hard to imagi
2015.07.09
These cats bring fortune! More than 1,000 figures of “Beckoning cats” in Gotokuji Temple!
Why is it raising its hand? The mystery of the beckoning cat. Have you ever seen this figure of a cat in the entrance of Japanese shops? This becko
2015.07.06
You must visit, if you like Japanese history! The hidden village of warrior who prays a peace in Nara Japan.
The hidden village of a great swordsman The village of 'Yagyu' takes about one hour from the Kintetsu station by the bus in Nara. It is from live
houba-zushi
2015.07.01
"Houba-zushi" is sushi wrapped in a leaf and is a local food of Yagyu village in Nara.
Wrapped sushi with a magnolia hypoleuca tree leaf What do you imagine when hearing the word “Sushi”? You may imagine a ball of rice topped with a sli
Souvenir shop
2015.06.29
Let's go to the Samurai's village, Yagyu in Nara and eat traditional cuisine at "Jyubee Shokudo"!
Look at the restaurant’s sign… its logo is two Japanese bamboo hats! The Japanese swordsman’s home village of Yagyu takes about 1 hour to get to fr
2015.06.12
" Tamagoyaki-ki", a common frying pan in the typical Japanese kitchen
The Japanese style egg roll, Tamagoyaki How do you cook eggs in your country? Tamagoyaki is one kind of home cooked egg dish that mothers typical
2015.06.10
Let's get in touch with the beautiful lotus flower at Toshodaiji-temple in Nara
The lotus flower blooms at Toshoudai-ji temple The high priest Jianzhen from Tang founded Toshoudai-ji temple during the Nara period. It’s a historic