Sunday, November 11, 2018

Test sake in Arashiyama

Test sake in Arashiyama

BY Danie Satrio, executive summary by darmansjah

I headed west from downtown Kyoto. To travel about 30 minutes, I arrived at the
Arashiyama - Sagano. Located at the foot of the mountains. Arashiyama bamboo forest popular will, rivers, mountains, dozens of temples, as well as the architecture of the village with a value authentic maintained for hundreds of years. I just wanted to remind, do not take a trip to this place during the summer. The weather is really to grip.

According to records, travelers can enjoy the natural beauty of
Arashiyama with various modes of transport. If you want to enjoy the panoramic view of the river can choose the boat. Meanwhile, any road there are two options: bus or train. I decided to choose the path of water and land. As soon as I was riding the bus stop in Kameoka station, I boarded a boat from the river towards the bridge Hozugawa Togetsukyo, which became the main meeting point of tourists in Arashiyama.

The view along the river have indulged my sense of sight for about two hours. Although not fluent in English, the crew kept telling me about the history of some point on the river side which is considered sacred by the locals. Not afraid of hunger or thirst during the journey, because there are some floating stalls that provide snacks and cold drinks.

Arriving at the end, I chose the bicycle laneways continue my search to the region. I'm spending 1000 yen of the pocket so that I may wind up the area by train. After clearing rental business, I soon observed that alley between buildings hundreds of years old.

I decided
to stop in front of one of the buildings. This is one of the oldest sake brewery in Arashiyama. Established since 1717, branded Heart Land sake brewery that also serves well as a restaurant-cum-club jazz. That's because Ashimori-san, the master brewer who is also a direct descendant of the founder of Heart Land, is a jazz maniac.

"Indonesia? I got this ..., "said the long-haired man with a sober English, while showing CD" Simak Dialog "-one of Indonesia's top jazz band-collection. "I love their music. They are genius? "
then asked me to try out Japan's homemade wine.

"You can see, the older the age of sake, the darker the color close to the color of whiskey," he said while pouring wine from a variety of age-making into a glass and invited me to try one by one while eating confectionary.

There are
five glasses should I try. The older age of sake, I feel the 'kick' stronger alcohol. "Be careful with this one," he said, pointing Ashimori-san dark glass of sake about 20 years old. Maybe he saw my face began to redden.

There are five glasses should I try. The older age of sake, I feel the 'kick' stronger alcohol. "Be careful with this one," he said, pointing Ashimori-san dark glass of sake about 20 years old. Maybe he saw my face began to redden.

Sure enough, just a small sip, my stomach started to react and this head was spinning fast. Well, I give up! I was forced to admit defeat in the experts. He just laughed understand. From this I learned that the bike anyway, summer, and test sake, not a right blend.

To neutralize the great influence of sake in the body and head, I decided to try out the Romantic Train. This is a series of old railway pacing along the banks of the River Hozu. The road is more or less similar to a boat trip I've lived before. Only the scenery just a little change. Point of view. Hehmm ... may be the influence of sake Heart Lane is still too strong.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


By Hesti Setiarini, executive summary by darmansjah

EVERY 3rd of March the Japanese people celebrate Hina Matsuri. This means that the doll festival or often called Festival Girl. This celebration began with a game-princess dolls princess during the Heian (794-1185) called with contempt Asobi (royal princess doll play). The game consists of a complete set of dolls (dolls prince, princess royal, ladies in waiting and court musician). Doll with kimono style Heian period it describes the traditional marriage ceremony. Composed entirely irregular in seven steps according with royal order of status or hierarchy.

Top of the stairs. Two dolls that symbolize the prince (odairi sama) and daughter (ohina sama) is placed on the top.

jinrikisha towing close to-ji temple in the Shingon, not far from kyoto

Second ladder . Tia doll princess palace (san-nin Kanjo) were placed on this ladder. Third princess castle memawa equipment drinking sake (Sakazuki). Two other castle princess doll carrying pots of sake and sake containers. Typically ornate sign of happiness pine leaves, bamboo leaves, and flowers ume.

Third place
. Two puppet minister (Daijin) consisting of ministers right (udaijin) and the minister left (sadaijin) is in third place. Dolls pictured right young minister, while the minister left the doll looks older. From the point of view of an observer, the minister of the right to the left, while the ministers were left to the right.

enjoy Arashiyama bamboo forest by climbing jinrikisha 

Fourth . Five musicians doll man (gonin byashi) is in third. The four musicians each carrying a music instrument, except the singer ykang bring folding fans. Equipment brought music each musician is taiko, okawa, kotsuzumi, and flute.

fifth. In this section he placed three stuffed messenger (Shicho) three each carrying a package containing caps (daigoasa) brought it with a stick, the shoes are placed on a tray, and umbrella length when closed. In another version of the doll, the runner man carrying a bamboo rake and broom.

and seventh. Contains a variety of goods 'delivery' or wedding gifts that are intended for the bride as a dressing table, a wardrobe, a container of delicious meals, up to the sedan or wagon as well as transport cattle

Sunday, September 9, 2018



Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji before mujsim fall. the grandeur and beauty of the landscape building amaze visitors
a row of beautiful temples, different preoccupation residing in Kyoto, by Teguh Wicaksono, executive summary by darmansjah
again on Kyoto. However, this time I do not want to story about the temple. So, is there anything interesting here? I would answer an emphatic yes. Try us once again carefully. Apparently, not only the incandescent beauty shines on historic places. Kyoto pulse is flowing in various exciting activities. You dare to try it?
Torii gate heading Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of the memoirs of a geisha movie filming

Different sensations can be harvested from the meal by the river or commonly named Kawayuka. Try to come to the banks of the Kamo and lulled by the cool air that surrounds the area along the river. While enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding mountainous area Kyoya, you can order kyo-ryori (Kyoto classic menu) or other styles of culinary treats.

When tired with formal and rigid atmosphere, browse the culinary euphoria in the Kyoto Nishiki Market. Residents call it "The Kitchen of Kyoto", and it took a short time to prove istialh it. Imagine riuhnya complex food throughout the 390m-from Shijo Street and culminate in Takaruka Street. On the road 5m wide, there are more than 100 food vendors. Colorful Japanese culinary lined up, ranging from small snacks, candy, dry food, snacks, fresh seafood, sushi, and so forth. Almost all foods that are in this market is relatively fresh local production.

Nishiki Market is not a young age that originated from the Edo period in the 16th century. Here, the first fish market there since 1311. Until now, Nishiki Market still get the prestige as the center of Japanese food (did you know? Japan is known as one of the safest country in the world. At no cases of looting) in Kyoto. But if your curiosity continues the process of making delicious menus, do not worry, you can follow Haru Cooking Class-for direct cooking in her kitchen. His house is located not far from the Kamo River. There you can take a selection of cooking classes, as well as share knowledge directly with the participants.

Each class runs for approximately three hours, with a choice of schedules starting eleven, twelve and three o'clock and four o'clock. In short, you are able to react with the ingredients in the kitchen. If you are a vegetarian, do not worry. Haru Cooking Class also offer vegetarian classes.

 two women in full makeup geisha

After chatting with vibrant Japan culinary, it helps you calm down by Kyoto-style meditation called Zazen. This meditation method is one of the best alternative. Focus worldly diversion through appreciation of conscience ala Zazen, is the right choice to fill spare time in the Kyoto area. Meditation restored by the philosophy of Zen Buddhism can be encountered in some temples, like the shrines Taizou-in, Nanzen-in Temple, and Temple Daisen-in.

Accompanied by soothing silence, you are required to sit cross-legged. You will be asked to draw a breath hara (center of gravity) with eyes slowly closed. This activity is one of the knights samurai craze.

You are interested in looking like a mighty samurai? Visit Shu Katsuyama, located near the Higashiyama Station. This store is also located not far from the Gion area. Only costs 12,000 yen, you'll look like a samurai. Not only that, you also can be a beautiful geisha.

One place to put ema (prayer inscribed wood) at the Temple Shimogamo

Another option, Kyoto Studio Park. Here are the locations for the shooting samurai-themed films, such as Yoshihara (the old town), the residence of Zenigata Heiji and other fun locations that exist in the Edo era. While dressed as a samurai, in this park you can also learn the history of Japanese cinema After that, you try to drop by The Cotume Museum, where you can meet with dolls dressed in various costumes exciting. For the people of Japan (did you know? Color white and silver was the favorite color of the vehicle in Japan. Different colors that dominate on the highway), the clothes have an important role in the movement of civilization. By visiting this place, you will understand how important costumes for the Japanese civilization. 

When bored with location-that's all, flown Kyoto International Manga Museum. Manga is the term used to refer to Japanese comics. You definitely know doraemon legendary figure, who once ruled the tv screen era of the 90s. Contained in the museum collection is not playing full. Even to this collection are not released in the market. Until the year 2011, there were 300,000 pieces manga collection that originated from the Meiji era, 1868-1912. Explore the stories presented in the manga is also a good time to attempt a step further to interpret Japanese culture.