21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art – Kanazawa, Japan

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Background, Olafur Eliasson (Colour activity house)

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

(81)  076.220.2800
1-2-1 Hirosaka
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
920-8509, Japan

www.kanazawa21.jp

Open Hours:
10:00 – 18:00    Daily

 

     21 C Museum Contemporary Art 047Pedro Reyes
People’s United Nations (pUN) Drone Dove Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2015
Photo: Keizo Kioku

 

21 C Museum Contemporary Art 043Pedro Reyes
People’s United Nations (pUN) Drone Dove Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2015
Photo: Keizo Kioku
21 C Museum Contemporary Art 078Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan
Passage- Another Country 2014
 21 C Museum Contemporary Art 074Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan
Passage- Another Country 2014
21 C Museum Contemporary Art 072 copyAlfredo & Isabel Aquilizan
Passage- Another Country 2014
21 C Museum Contemporary Art 069Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan
Passage- Another Country 2014
21 C Museum Contemporary Art 066Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan
Passage- Another Country 2014
21 C Museum Contemporary Art 016Leandro Erlich – The Swimming Pool 2004
Ghost in the cellabove photo © 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Miku Hatsune BCL + Semitransparent Design Ghost in the Cell 2015
21 cntury Museumabove photo © 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

Daigoji – Kyoto, Japan

daigo-ji-033Bentendo Hall

Daigoji

(81)  75.571.0002

Open Hours to non guests:
9:00-16:00    Daily

Daigoji  is a Shingon Buddhist temple in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto.  In a city over-flowing with such sites, it might be a thought to skip Daigoji as it is a bit distant from the usual tourist areas.  Daigoji is truly worth the trip.  It holds one of the most beautiful gardens in all Kyoto; The perfect place to contemplate the colors of fall and the blooms of spring.

The temple complex was founded in 874.  After Emperor Daigo abdicated in 930, he entered the Buddhist priesthood at this temple and died here.  He was also buried on the temple grounds and it now bears his name.

The Daigoji complex holds eighteen national treasures and is laid out in three parts: Sambō-in, Shimo-Daigo (Lower Daigo) at the base of the mountain, and Kami-Daigo (Upper Daigo).

daigo-ji-024statues of Myo-o (Vidyaraja)
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daigo-ji-010The Five-story Pagoda detail- Goju-No-To
  daigo-ji-039Bentendo Hall

Bentendo Hall is dedicated to Benzaiten (Sarasvati), the goddess of knowledge and liberal arts.  She is known as one of Seven Deities of Good Fortune (Shichifukujin).

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daigo-ji-052  daigo-ji-017Fudodo, Goma-dojo
daigo-ji-020Fudodo, Goma-dojo
daigo-ji-012The Five-story Pagoda – Goju-No-To
daigo-ji-008The Five-story Pagoda – Goju-No-To (about 38 meters tall)
daigo-ji-048Denpoin Daikodo
daigo-ji-056Karamon Sanboin gate

Ginza Kyubey – Tokyo, Japan

Kyubei Sushi 030Otoro

Ginza Kyubey

(81)  33.571-6523
8-7-6 Ginza, Chuo,
Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

www.kyubey.jp

Open Hours:
11:00 – 14:00    Monday – Saturdays
17:00 – 22:00    Monday – Saturdays

Kyubey is a restaurant you may be better off never going to.

Since our meal, over a year ago, we have yet to be truly satisfied and happy at any other eatery.  Kyubey was that good.

Everything about this flagship location is perfect.  You feel at home at the sushi bar.  It somehow remains intimate, even though 8 chefs line the bar and 10 private rooms co-exist over 5 floors above you.  It is a t once high-end and relaxed; perfectly crafted and slightly debauched. Kyube proves that when you reach the highest perfection, you don’t have to put up any front.

Kyubey is considered the epitome of sushi restaurants in Japan.  Rightfully so.  It is a bit hard to describe how a piece of raw fish can be that much better then another piece of raw fish.  Other then to say … The sushi and sashimi at Kyube is THAT much better then any other we’ve ever had.

Our experience began with a rousing welcome chant ” irasshaimase” and was just a ride of perfection.  Piece after piece, laugh after laugh, sake after sake, it was a rock-concert of flavor.

It was only several weeks after when, again,  we were walking away from another highly anticipated gourmet meal  that we realized what was giving us this vague feeling of un-satisfaction.  It was our meal at Kyube that raised the high-bar.

So be warned,  but please go and be rewarded!

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Kyubei Sushi 005sushi shokunin Taira San
Kyubei Sushi 017Otoro
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Kyubei Sushi 011Scallop
Kyubei Sushi 014Hamaguri  a large variety of Japanese clam, first simmered in a broth and then touched with a sweet sauce.
Kyubei Sushi 012Live Kurumaebi (sweet shrimp) sprinkled with sea salt
Kyubei Sushi 025Head from the Kurumaebi
Kyubei Sushi 024Ika (squid)
Kyubei Sushi 013Shimaaji,  (Striped Horsemackerel)
Kyubei Sushi 008Kohada with ginger
Kyubei Sushi 010Kohada, similar to mackerel
Kyubei Sushi 022Uni Big Fin Reef Squid
Kyubei Sushi 023Uni

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