Category Archives: Visit Kyushu

Unique, Beautiful, Entertaining: Arita Ceramics Fair

When you think of an old Japanese town, everyone would think of Kyoto. But there are even more old towns left in Japan. One of them is Arita in Saga Prefecture and it is also the birth place of Japanese porcelain.

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Ruins and Cherry Blossoms: Kumamoto Castle in Full Bloom

Cherry blossoms hugging in full bloom old ruins of a destroyed castle. This romantic view can be seen this weekend at Kumamoto Castle.

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The Shrine for the God of the Sea and All Lovers on Earth

Last year in November I was invited by the Miyazaki International Foundation to give a presentation about my life as a foreign kimono teacher and my home Germany. It was my first time in this amazing city, which hides one of the biggest shrines for the Japanese god of the sea.

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A Walk Through Kumamoto’s History of Literature

Kumamoto is located in the center of the southern Japanese island Kyūshū. Two of the most famous writers in Japan lived here and were inspired to books, every Japanese knows. Follow the tracks through Kumamoto’s literary past and look for inspiration on this tour.

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Uto Jizō Matsuri – The Special Summer Festival

Uto jizō matsuri (うと地蔵まつり) is one of the 3 big and well-known summer festivals in Kumamoto Prefecture. Find out more about the festival celebrated for the Bodhisattva who protects kids and pregnant women.

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Local Cuisine: Tsuboitei

This place makes you feel like you’ve Japanese relatives with a flair like your aunt’s home and traditional local cuisine with fresh ingredients produced in Kumamoto. Located right next to Hitsuyūkan Highschool it’s super easy to find.

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My Day as a furisode shinzō

During the Golden Week (first week in May) I had the chance to participate in the biggest historical show in Kumamoto City: the oiran dōchū. Find out more about the day when I became a Japanese prostitute in Edo-Period.

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Oiran-dōchū – The Parade of the Prostitutes

There wasn’t a big difference between prostitute and trendsetter in Edo-Japan – this is what the film “Geisha” told us. But what we mistakenly see as a geisha (芸者) is actually something different – the so-called oiran (花魁). Find out more about the fashion icon in old Japan!

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Winter in Kyūshū

The southern island Kyūshū lies on the same latitude of North Africa. So when we think of the climate in North Africa, no one would think of snow. Would you? Well, in Kyūshū everything is possible.

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The Keystone Garden

Sorry for the long absence. The new fiscal year started last week and the turn was busier than I thought. Today I want to introduce a new category for this blog which is for showing some nice spots in Japan suitable for having a kimono date.

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