Kyoto in Tilt

Kyoto in Tilt

The last few days of fall are upon us. The changing colors came late this year. Soon, winter will be here, and with it, the last season I'll spend in Japan. I'm still processing what that means to me, and the gravity of the change that is in my future... but for now, I'm keeping [...]

Gion Matsuri

Gion Matsuri

There are three big festivals in Kyoto, and one of the most famous, Gion Matsuri, is happening this month. The festival takes place throughout the entire month. For about a week now, the streets have been flooded with people coming to watch the construction of the floats and the display of the richest Kyoto families' treasures. Friday [...]

Fickle Hydrangea

Fickle Hydrangea

Hydrangea are known as the "fickle" flower in Japan, since over the years, the hue you planted is not always the hue that blooms. Because of this, many Japanese look at the hydrangea like a fickle lover's heart -- at one time being with you, but then changing color, and passions, for another. In the West, the language of flowers has often said that hydrangea mean gratefulness, or, on the negative end of the spectrum, vanity. Whatever their meaning, they are gorgeous, and in Kyoto, are not to be missed!