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Kyoto Station Illumination 2019

Kyoto Station serves as Kyoto's main entry point which means it handles roughly thousands of local and foreign tourists per day. However, little do most know that Kyoto Station in itself is a tourist destination. 
Kyoto Station Illumination DetailsThe station has plenty of restaurants for food trippers, it also has numerous stores for shoppers. For those who love panoramic views, they can head up to Kyoto Station's Observation Deck or the Skywalk on the 10th floor.

However, for those visiting on the months of November to March, Kyoto Station offers something worth seeing. During these months some areas of Kyoto Station are lit up with magnificent light displays commonly called in Japan as illumination festivals. Kyoto Station has several illumination attractions in different parts of its vicinity.  Skywalk Illumination First is the Skywalk illumination on the 10th floor of the station. It features the Tunnel of Lights Illumination. The glass walkway lights up with different light …

Ukai Cormorant Fishing 2018: Cultural Adventure

Ukai is a traditional fishing method in Japan wherein instead of using fishing rods and nets, the usho or cormorant fishing master uses an aquatic bird known as the cormorant to catch fish. 
Ukai HistoryThis traditional fishing method can be traced back more than 1300 years ago.  It was mentioned in the Chronicles of Japan (Nihon Shoki) which was originally published 720 AD and the Records of Ancient Matters(Kojiki) which was originally published in 712 AD. Due to its long history and its traditional value to Japan, the Ukai in Nagara River is designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan.

Not only is the Ukai and important cultural event, but it is also one of the main tourist magnets of Gifu City. Thousands of local and foreign tourists visit the city during the cormorant fishing season (May 11- October 15) to witness the thousand-year tradition. Among those who had witnessed the ukai was the great comedian Charlie Chaplin who witnessed it not only once but twi…

Suna Matsuri (Sand Festival) 2018: Cultural Adventure

Suna Matsuri or Sand Festival (白浜砂祭りis an annual festival held every May in Shirarahama Beach in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Shirahama, for those who are unfamiliar with the place, is a coastal resort town on the southern coast of Wakayama Prefecture. The town is famous for its onsen(s), rock formations, and of course Shirarahama Beach.
Suna Matsuri or Sand Festival (白浜砂祭り) Suna Matsuri (Sand Festival) DetailsSpeaking of Shirarahama Beach, it is the venue of the annual Suna Matsuri (Sand Festival) held every May. The highlight of this festival is the Sand Art Contest that is modeled after the Snow Festival of Hokkaido. This competition features around 30 - 60 pieces of three-dimensional artworks made from the sand of the beach. These artistic mounds measures around 15 feet by 15 feet and is at least 6 - 10 feet tall.

The entries for the contest have various designs like animals, human faces, landmarks, and even famous pop culture characters. These add up to the beauty of the…

San Isidro Pahiyas Festival 2016: Cultural Adventure

Probably the most popular festival in Quezon, San Isidro Pahiyas Festival or more commonly known as Pahiyas Festival is a harvest festival celebrated in the town of Lucban every 15th of May. It is held in honor of San Isidro Labrador who is the patron Saint of farmers. 

The San Isidro Pahiyas Festival is famously known for houses that are adorned with colorful leaf shaped decorations called kiping. For those who don't know it yet, kiping is made from rice paste (thus it's edible) and is quite similar to that of a tortilla (even tastes like one). The uniqueness of using kiping as a decoration made the festival one of a kind. Aside from that it add this instagram ready feel to the houses which in an effects adds promotion to the celebration through social media. 
The word pahiyas is from the Filipino word hiyas or jewel and when added with the prefix pa- means a precious offering both of which fully describes the celebration's meaning. This festival is said to be dated back to…


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