|New Year's party at Laajawaab, Indian restaurant in Kyoto (January 14, 2006)|
|One of the 2002 Kyoto's party member, Maki Mitani invited Mary, Hanamachi and me to Kyoto's Indian restaurant Laajawaab's meeting. I often visited the restaurant when traveling in Kansai region. So he also manages Five Rivers Store which handle Indian CD's, DVD's, books, costume, accessories and so on.|
|from left: Maki, Carlos, Mary, Hanamachi||Photo with owner|
|Sightseeing in Kyoto (January 15, 2006)|
|Fujinomori Shrine, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
(Tourist information available by Kyoto city tourism and culture information system)
|Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
(open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. closed on Mondays, Obon and New Year Holidays)
|The museum is located near Benzaiten Chokenji Temple (Shima-no-Benten-san)
in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto city. Fushimi is one of famous Japanese rice wine
(sake) production district. The museum keeps the sake brewing equipment
and provides the history. An admission fee is 300 yen, it includes small
bottle of sake (Junmai-shu) and sake-tasting. I recommned you to buy "The
Retro (Ginjo-shu)" for souvenir.
Kizakura Kappa Country is near here, where you can enjoy Kizakura's fresh beer and sake that can only be found there. Also I suggest visiting Aburacho (near Keihan Fushimi-Momoyama sta. or Kintetsu Momoyama-Goryomae sta. along Otesuji street) where you can enjoy drinking sake and wine.
See also Sake World and Gekkeikan Sake (U.S.A.) for sake information, and Kyoto city tourism and culture information system for Benzaiten Chokenji Temple.