Red, White and Black Japan

Last week I was blissing out on all the calming green of Kyoto and this week I’m seeing RED.  Red, white and black that is. Dramatic, graphic, striking and stimulating. In Japanese culture the colour red represents energy and lifeforce ( it also wards off evil spirits – take note when you are in temple/shrine areas), […]

Green Kyoto

No matter which season you travel to Kyoto in….  you’ll notice the green. At least you will now.   From the depths of winter to the peak of summer Kyoto life remains a calming shade of green in one form or another. I’ve, somewhat embarrassingly, not been completely conscious of it until this very moment  – but […]

Zenbu Haru (spring) Tour 2017

Zenbu Haru (spring) Tour 2017

BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED!  We are sorry if you missed out but if you’d like to join us next year please pop your name on our mailing list by sending ‘Add me’ to  janelawsonfood@bigpond.com.au Celebrate the beauty of Kyoto in bloom & blush during this exclusive  15 day cuisine & culture tour hosted by food & […]

Zenbu Zen Tour 2017 (II)

Zenbu Zen Tour 2017 (II)

BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR! But never fear – our next available tour is in May 2017 Find out about the wonderful ZENBU HARU SPRING TOUR here!   ZENBU ZEN  (II) (bookings now closed!) The popular and intimate 12 Day ZENBU ZEN Tour  focuses on superbly serene and fascinating Kyoto – Japan’s cultural epicentre. […]

Zenbu Wa-Mono Tour 2017

Zenbu Wa-Mono Tour 2017

Zenbu Tours is offering two very special Luxury Cuisine & Culture Tours for early 2017   Hey Folks, it seems that most of our lovely clients who are interested in this tour are keen for it to happen in 2018 rather than 2017 so we’ll be postponing this tour until then – if you would like […]

ZENBU TOURS 2017… coming soon

ZENBU TOURS 2017… coming soon

Newsflash! Dates just announced – go HERE for details! Greetings All ! I’m  just back from a wonderful time in Japan hosting several successful winter tours including a a couple of fun private day tours with grown up family groups. It’s always a pleasure for me to meet new people but it’s also a very lovely […]

Sayonara Zenbu Zen 2016..

Sayonara Zenbu Zen 2016..

I’m feeling like a farmer sans his or her favourite sheep. My lovely group and I have just finished an incredible 15 days together on the Zenbu Zen (plus) tour 2016. Alone for the first time in many months  I’m enjoying the quiet of a friend’s apartment overlooking Kyoto’s handsome rooftops and humble mountain safety-rim but […]

Kyoto Meanderings. No. 6

To the west of the city’s heart lies Senbon Dori. Like most of Kyoto’s major streets it runs from one end of the city grid to the other – in this case North to South. It is the main vein of an area rarely visited by tourists – unless they happen to be passing through […]

Heian Jingu in May

I think that perhaps May must be the most underrated month in the Kyoto tourism calendar. The days are sunny with the temperatures oscillating between cool and warm ( very rarely hot or cold) and there is a lovely early-summer atmosphere. The air is clean and fresh with just a hint of sunscreen mingling with […]

Obon and Daimonji bonfire festival

It’s almost time for the annual Obon festival  in Japan. This sacred time on the Japanese calendar lasts several days during which the dearly departed return to earth to visit their families. August  16 2015 hosts the famous Daimonji (more formally ‘Gozan no okuribi’) bonfire light up in Kyoto town. If you look carefully you can […]