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Spring Antiquarian Book Fair at Miyako Messe

I must admit I am a fan of the artwork on Kyoto’s Antiquarian Book Fair flyers, but with this most recent and most glorious depiction of Meiji Era Okazaki, local illustrator Nakagawa Non has excelled herself!

Meiji OkazakiThis is the 32nd Spring book fair! Though the majority of the books available (about 500,000 in all) are Japanese, there are always some English books available, as well as art books and ukiyo-e prints etc. You can read about last summer’s book fair here.
Date: May 1st – 5th 2014
Location: The first floor of Miyako Messe in Okazaki (京都市勧業館「みやこめっせ」1F第二展示場). Miyako Messe is a stone’s throw away from Heian Jingu. Here is a MAP.
Address: 〒606-8343 京都市左京区岡崎成勝寺町9-1
Business Hours:10~16:45 (Closing at 16:00 on the final day)

This is one of three annual used book fairs held in Kyoto. The other book fairs for 2014 are scheduled as follows:
August 11 – 16 Summer Antiquarian Book Fair
October 30 – November 3 – Autumn Antiquarian Book Fair
For further details in Japanese please refer to:

Tadg’s is back!

Tadg and Mika McLoughlin are opening a new establishment “Tadg’s Gastro Pub” on the site of the former Merry Island restaurant this Friday. Here’s the good word from the man himself via his blog:

Dear Friends,

We have moved and are just a three-minute walk north of or original site at the Empire building. Go up Kiyamachi, cross Oike, it’s right on the right (east) side. It is the same location as the former Merry Island restaurant. We officially open from 5pm this Friday 11th April. We have changed the name to “Tadg’s Gastro Pub”. We are starting off with 5 taps featuring the best selection of Japanese craft beers, We will be stocking 10L kegs, the smaller kegs will ensure we will always have a quick turn over, therefore a greater selection of the best craft beers in Japan in stock. We will be adding on more taps and will also have a great bottled beer selection to complement our taps.

Our food menu, will have some of our favourites as well as some new additions.

It will take a little while to streamline, our goal will be seasonal, healthy, delicious.

…We are now open for lunch running the current Merry Island menu after Golden we will be introducing a completely new menu. More information anon.

As with all new businesses it will take us a little time to familiarise ourselves with our new surroundings. We will endeavour to make it as smooth as possible, so we thank you in advance for your patience if there are any hiccups.

We look forward to seeing you.

Tadg & Mika

New Address: 1F 498 Kamikoriki-cho, Nakagyo-ku, 604-0923 Kyoto, Japan

Tel: 075-213-0214075-213-0214

And here is a MAP.

For menu details and other information please refer to Tadg’s blog.

Hanezu Odori – Dance performance at Kyoto’s Zuishin-in Temple


From the Japan Times,

Girls in pale pink traditional costumes will dance and sing in a “Hanezu Odori” performance at Zuishin-in Temple in Kyoto on March 30.

The performance will be held three or four times during the day. The temple is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and admission will be ¥1,000.

The temple is a five-minute walk from Ono Station on the Tozai Line.

For more info please, visit (in Japanese) or 075-571-0025075-571-0025.

See also: Zuishin-in ~ A Refuge in Ono

150 Years of Red Cross Action - Exhibition at Kyoto University Museum

Just one week left to catch this exhibition at Kyoto University Museum:


Putting Humanity First in Conflict

“In 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was founded to save wounded on battlefield. This then gave birth to the International Movement of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. In 1864, the First Geneva Convention was drafted, which later developed into four conventions as World War II showed the disastrous consequences to civilians without such protection. Nowadays, the Geneva Conventions are the only truly universal treaty, which every state on earth has signed. Continue reading

58th Grand Antique Fair in Kyoto

From the Japan Times,


The 58th Grand Antique Fair in Kyoto will run from March 28 to 30, with more than 350 shops from all over Japan displaying and selling their wares.

Admission is free. The market will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. except on March 30, when it will close at 4 p.m.

The fair takes place in Kyoto Pulse Plaza, and a free shuttle bus will be provided from Takeda Station on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line and the Karasuma Line. Here is a MAP.

For further information, check (in Japanese) or call 077-522-2307077-522-2307.

Kyotographie: International Photography Festival 2014

“The KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival blossoms in Kyoto for its second year in April 2014…during the height of Kyotoʼs booming tourist season. The festival celebrates art and culture, bringing a distinct dimension to the historic city. KYOTOGRAPHIE creates opportunities and events that bring people together of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Situated in Kyotoʼs world-class atmosphere KYOTOGRAPHIE unites ancient history and contemporary art.”

Photo by Tim Flach

Photo by Tim Flach

This year’s Kyotographie photography fesitval runs for four weeks from April 19th to May 18th. Check the website to view the artists involved and the calendar of public programs!

Craft Beer Festa Kyoto 2014 – May 10th @ Sanjo Shopping Arcade

The flyer for this year’s Craft Beer Festa in Kyoto’s Sanjo Arcade has now been released!

Craft Beer Festa

Here are the details:
Date: Saturday 10th May 2014
Time: 14:00 ~ 20:00
Place: Sanjo Association Shopping Arcade centred on the Sanjo/Ōmiya Park


  • 10 minutes walk north of Hankyu Ōmiya Station
  • From JR Nijo Station’s east exit walk south to the first set of lights and then east for ten minutes.
  • Subway Nijojo-mae Station’s exit 3, walk south for 3 minutes.
  • Nearby bus stops are Shijo/Ōmiya (四条大宮), Senbon/Sanjo (千本三条), and Horikawa/Sanjo (堀川三条)

Here is a MAP.
For further details check the official website (Japanese):

Found via Japan Beer Times.

First Impression – Daniel Kelly Exhibition at Hakuhou-Dou

Daniel Kelly’s exhibitions at Hakuhou-Dou have become an annual event!

daniel exhibition…And it seems only natural now, as the sakura blooms, that we celebrate the rites of spring at Daniel’s reception party. Here are the details!

First Impressions: April 1 – April 13 2014
Reception party Friday, April 4, 6:00 – 9:00pm
April 1 – 12, 11:00am – 7:00pm
April 13, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Monday April 7

Hakuhou-doh is on the east side of Jingumichi, south of Niomon Dori. Here is a MAP.

Address: 〒606-8344
TEL: 075-771-9401075-771-9401
Opening: 11:00~19:00
Closed: Mondays

To find out more about Daniel Kelly’s life and art read my article here, or take a look at his spiffy website here.

Hafu the Film is Coming to Kyoto!

From Megumi Nishikura,

““Hafu” is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five “hafus”–the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese–as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. For some of these hafus Japan is the only home they know, for some living in Japan is an entirely new experience, and others are caught somewhere between two different worlds.”

HAFU_poster_smallHafu the film will receive its theatrical release in Kyoto from March 29th to April 4th.
Showings are at 8:45pm each day at the Kyoto Miniami Kaikan Cinema (京都みなみ会館)
Address: Nishikujō Higashihieijōchō Minami-ku, Kyōto-shi (京都市南区西九条東比永城町7979)
Location: South from Kyoto Station, on the south side of Kujo Street, a short walk west of Kintetsu Tōji Station.
Click here for the SCHEDULE.
Click here for a MAP.

“According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, one in forty-nine babies born in Japan today are born into families with one non-Japanese parent. This newly emerging minority in Japan is under-documented and under-explored in both literature and media. The feature-length HD documentary film, “Hafu – the mixed-race experience in Japan” seeks to open this increasingly important dialogue. The film explores race, diversity, multiculturalism, nationality, and identity within the mixed-race community of Japan. And through this exploration, it seeks to answer the following questions: What does it mean to be hafu?; What does it mean to be Japanese?; and ultimately, What does all of this mean for Japan?”

See also:

Jazz Band Fujiya Mountain @ 和音堂

Walking up the Kamo river one day, we saw a lively jazz band playing under the Sanjo bridge that were so good we decided cross over and have a look.
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They were young, fun and funky, so we picked up a flyer for their next gig, which happened to be on the following day. The location 和音堂 (WA・ON・DO) was convenient and the price was only 1000 (+ another 500 for a drink) and let’s face it, you can’t see many jazz bands at that price. So we decided to go.
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和音堂 is pretty cramped inside so it was hard to get a full band picture, but Mewby took the panorama shot above with her i-phone. If it looks a little weird that’s because they were jigging about to the music. It was good music! Here try some!

They also had a support band, Cocopelie, playing Irish music. I didn’t recognize them at first but I have seen some of these musicians playing at Irish pub Gnome in the past…

For one song Tomoko Sato from Cocopelie and Fujiya Mountain played together:

A great night! This band are a lot of fun and jazz at that price is such great value. We felt like we had made a wonderful new musical discovery! Fujiya Mountain play a regular monthly show at 和音堂 and next month they are playing with the support of “jazz-metal-comic-band” Dead Hot Chilli Peppers. We are definitely going to see them.

Here are the details:

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Date & Time: April 29th Open: 7:00pm Show: 7:30pm
Charge: 1000 yen (+ 500 yen per drink)
Guests: Dead Hot Chilli Peppers
Location: 和音堂 is just off Kawaramachi Street on the north side of 竜馬通り (one street south of Sanjo). Here is a map.

I will leave you with the band’s joyful rendition of “Stand By Me”.

See also Fujiya Mountain’s schedule on their website.
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