Exploring Japanese pop culture at the International Manga Museum in Kyoto
Kids designing manga on computers

Exploring Japanese pop culture at the International Manga Museum in Kyoto

These aren’t just any comics. These are the enormously popular and traditional Manga, the basis for Anime, at the Kyoto International Manga Museum which is run by Kyoto Seika University and the Kyoto City Government. The University teaches aspiring Manga artists and writers in its design and fine arts department.

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Visiting a traditional Japanese Ryokan — not your ordinary hotel
Akemi Nishimura at her Hiiragiya Ryokan in Kyoto

Visiting a traditional Japanese Ryokan — not your ordinary hotel

Welcome to the traditional Japanese Riokan. There are these hotels all around Japan, some in the mountains, which offer the chance to try the Japanese hot springs baths called onseng

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Touring Kyoto with locals and on bikes: seeing more than temples
Wacky scarecrows guard a rice paddy in Kyoto

Touring Kyoto with locals and on bikes: seeing more than temples

Kyoto is famous for its Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. This morning, we’re cycling a 14-mile loop with Kyoto Cycling Tour Project with stops at the Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji Temple with its world-famous rock garden – two of the city’s and Japan’s top tourist attractions.

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