Daigoji – Kyoto, Japan

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(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).

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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-012The Five-story Pagoda – Goju-No-To
daigo-ji-008The Five-story Pagoda – Goju-No-To (about 38 meters tall)
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Ginza Kyubey – Tokyo, Japan

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Ginza Kyubey

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


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 014Hamaguri  a large variety of Japanese clam, first simmered in a broth and then touched with a sweet sauce.
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Kyubei Sushi 013Shimaaji,  (Striped Horsemackerel)
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Kyubei Sushi 010Kohada, similar to mackerel
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International Robot Exhibition – Tokyo, Japan

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International Robot Exhibition

Tokyo Big Sight
11-1 Ariake, Koto,
Tokyo 135-0063, Japan


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If you are in Japan, GO to the International Robot Exhibition at Tokyo Big Sight!!  You are witnessing the future of humanity (and not-humanity) at the beginning of its era – perhaps one day to get its own scientific classification?  The Robotolithic age ?

Check the website for dates, as these change every year.  In 2015 the show ran Dec 2nd – 5th.  It was held at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) on Tokyo Bay waterfront.  The complex is worth the visit just for the experience of being in a futuristic city on the set of a Sci-Fi movie.  It reminded us of Caprica from the modern Battlestar Galactica !

The International Robot Exhibition is the largest robot trade show in the World.  If you find yourself in Japan try to attend, a window into the future.  This is the reason you are in Japan!

IREX brings together roughly 500 domestic robot manufacturers and related businesses with over 50 international exhibitors.  Participating are 100,000 domestic technicians and professionals.

IREX divides itself into two parts.  Large Industrial robots (IR) and then the smaller, cuter service robots (SR), along side small production systems and robots deriving from R&D activities of government, industry and academia, Medicine, manufacturing, security, etc.

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