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Entries in kyoto (26)


january 15th 2011 chionji handmade market

photos from january's handmade market at chioji temple, hyakumanben, are in a flickr set here. this market is held on the 15th of each month.

i love the tiny felt darumas and bunnies together!


japanese cooking class at uzuki

last month i had the pleasure of taking a cooking class at uzuki  emi hiyayama teaches traditional japanese cooking in her home in kyoto, and i highly recommend that anyone who is interested in japanese cooking take her class if you have the chance.

in our class, we made some traditional fall menu items, learning about the ingredients and processes as we went along. not only does emi speak perfect english, but she also is very good at explaining the step by step process for each dish while cooking. our menu was steamed lotus root renkon mushi れんこんむし (with tosted ginko nuts, blanched sawara fish, parboiled lily root or yurine ゆりね, ginger and wasabi and amber sauce); spinach with sesami dressing (one of my personal favorites), grilled yellowtail tuna (with simple but delicious marinade of soy and mirin), tempura battered shitake mushrooms stuffed with prawns, and wonderful rice cooked in a clay pot with black rice.  i want to go back for another class next season, or maybe a sweets-making class.



wasabi root, and sharkskin grater

yellowtail tuna marinating, with shitake mushrooms

blanched sawara さわら fish in the background

sawara and the other ingredients that went into the steamed dish

spinach with homemade sesame sauce

rice with black rice, which gives the rice the red color and a wonderful flavor.




handmade 4th sunday market at kamigamo jinja november 2009

this handmade market is held on the 4th sunday of every month, near kamigamo jinja shrine. facing the main entrance of the shrine, the market is a little bit to the right (across the small bridge). or coming from the bus stop, the market is a little beyond the shrine. these red banners are for the market.

it's a beautiful location, in the woods near a stream.

perhaps a little smaller than the chionji market on the 15th of every month, there's a nice collection of crafts.


antique market at kitano tenmangu shrine, 'tenjin' oct. 2009

there is a large antique market at kitano tenmangu shrine, also know as tenjin, on the 25th of every month. there are lots of food vendors too, with everything from homemade pickles to festival foods.

old kimonos for sale, as well as other clothes and fabric.

and everything else from antiques, to handmade crafts, coffee, and plants.


more resources for hands on workshops

kyoto prefecture vistors guide has a website that lists lots of craft activities that you can try in the kyoto area, with addresses, hours, and contact information. the best source i've found.

the association for promotion for traditional craft industries has a website with links to a wide variety of traditional crafts throughout japan at

the kyoto visitor guide is a monthly magazine with sightseeing information, including current dates for markets and other seasonal events.

the kippo website also has an extensive list of links to places throughout the kansai region where you can experience traditional crafts and cultural activites.