Tofuku-ji

Get off Kyoto’s well-worn tourist track and visit Tofukuji Temple renowned for its Zen moss and rock gardens designed by a famous Japanese garden architect.

OHARA and Sanzen-in

I like to visit Ohara as regularly as I can. It’s just north of Kyoto city – about an hour in the bus from Kyoto station but feels so much further away. I love the local farming atmosphere and the greenery but the main reason I venture to Ohara is to visit Sanzen in (temple) […]

Bizen Pottery

Disclaimer – this post was stolen from our other blog (eatspeakjl.blogspot.com) and was written in 2015 –  but we just stumbled across it and thought we’d share! Recently (please see above!) we took a short visit to Kurashiki and Okayama city from Kyoto. From Okayama city we rode the very short yellow train below to the sleepy […]

Korakuen Garden Okayama

Okayama is famous for its castle (peeking over the shoulder of the tree on the right in the image below), sweet, sweet summer peaches, the story of Momotaro – the Peach Boy), Bizen ceramic ware, various citrus fruit and this spectacular garden –Korakuen –  ranked as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. To be […]

Japan Blue

Japan Blue

Every so often we get swept away with the colour in Japan. We cannot tell a lie. In fact it’s an every day occurrence whether we are in situ or looking at 30 something years worth of Japan travel photos.  Or merely dreaming. Last week it was green, or Midori, over at Zenbu Home and […]

Sandor Does Kyoto

Sandor Does Kyoto

Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of introducing Fermentation Guru Sandor Katz to just a small snippet of some of Kyoto’s wonders.  He was on a mission to try some Funazushi (fermented sushi) so we tracked some down at a shop specialising in foods from neighbouring Shiga prefecture. The Funa part of Funazushi […]

Nijo Castle in Winter

Naturally I’m rather fond of Japanese architecture but for some reason traditional buildings of the castle variety have never really grabbed me…  Nijo Castle is different. For one… it’s not your A-typical castle.  It isn’t a wedding cake perched high on a hill overlooking the town, it’s at ground level as is the majority of […]

Naoshima

Naoshima

It had reached the point of embarrassment. The business of ‘not yet’ having visited the ‘art island’ of Naoshima. Many of my clients had made the trip and raved, or were seeking my advice on a regular basis… ‘what’s it like?’ ‘when’s the best time to go?’ ‘where should we stay?’ ‘what’s the food like?’  I could only […]

Zenbu Zen Tour 2018

Zenbu Zen Tour 2018

Fall in love with beautiful Kyoto on this relaxing and inspiring  12 day cuisine & culture tour hosted by food & travel writer Jane Lawson and fellow Japanophile Gerard Kambeck.   ZENBU ZEN 2018 Our first tour for 2018, the ever popular and intimate 12 Day ZENBU ZEN Tour, focuses on superbly serene and fascinating Kyoto – Japan’s cultural […]