Deep Kyoto was created in June 2007 as a website for Kyoto residents and tourists, introducing those good places and people that make up the modern city. The primary focus of the blog was originally on cafes, bars and restaurants of character. Food and drink, with a focus on vegetarian and organic fare, still remains a major emphasis. However, over time Deep Kyoto has grown and evolved and now you will find articles in all of the following categories: art, crafts & photography; music, dance & performance, city design & conservation; book reviews, poetry & protest; flea markets, festivals, shrines & temples; museums, parks & gardens; walks & meditations and more! Guest contributors Ian Ropke, John Dougill and Keiji Minato have expanded the blog’s scope still further with articles on Kyoto’s culture and tradition.
In addition Deep Kyoto has formed strong links with the magazine Kyoto Journal, the conservation group People Together for Mt. Ogura (P.T.O.), the Hailstone Haiku Circle, Tohoku disaster relief N.P.O. IDRO JAPAN, and most recently with the Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration who are working to preserve traditional machiya townhouses and machiya culture in this great city.
Please note that many of the places recommended on this website are not found in your average travel guide, and may require you to dust off your phrasebook and practice some basic Japanese. Deep Kyoto is also my excuse to venture deeper into the Japanese community, and to learn still more about this city and its people. To that end, if you have any recommendations for me, please send them here: m.0.luain.23[at]gmail.com. However, remember that if I don’t like it, I don’t review it. Life is just too short.
Disclaimer: Please note that the author of this blog is not able to help people find work or accommodation in the city of Kyoto. Please also remember that Deep Kyoto is a blog and that the information and prices quoted here, though correct at the time of posting, are subject to change. Many of the reviews are now six years old (!) so if you spot some information that is now incorrect, please do not hesitate to let me know, either in the comments or by email: m.0.luain.23[at]gmail.com (The 0 is a zero and the [at] is an @ !)