Kyoto – Kiyomizu-dera

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Kiyomizu-dera is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto from the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous places to visit in Kyoto. In English, Kiyomizu means clear water and dear means temple.
I also heard that it is illuminated by night during certain periods in Fall and Spring, but I’ve never had the chance to see it. Must be pretty!
This temple is not too far from Ginkaku-ji, so I would recommend you to visit both of them on the same day.
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Kyoto – Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)

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Ginkaku-ji (or Temple of the Silver Pavilion) is one of the 17 Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto from the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Compared to the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, it feels less magnificent and more natural, but still beautiful. It features a sand garden where bees inhabit and a vast moss garden where it feels refreshing to walk during a hot Summer day (temperature can go up to a very humid 40ºC in Kyoto).
One of the must-go-see spot in Kyoto!
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Places to Visit in Kanagawa: Engaku-ji Temple

Engaku-ji is one of the most important Zen Buddhist temple in Japan. It was founded in 1282 by Tokimune Hojo and is situated in Kita-Kamakura just near the railway station. This temple also ranks second amongst the five great Rinzai temples of Kamakura (鎌倉五山).

engaku ji 005 Places to Visit in Kanagawa: Engaku ji Temple
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Shisouan or How To Become A Samurai

Shisouan (梓想庵) is a service that let you borrow traditional samurai clothes from the Kamakura period and induce yourself into the atmosphere of the Kamakura area. Of course, katana are also included and you can even try Japanese archery (kyudo). You can also check out their blog if you want to see more photos.

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That’s how I looked after being transformed into a samurai.

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Samurai Drawings in Ink

Today’s featured artist is Rodolfo Arana from Tijuana Mexico.
Rodolfo studied at the National School Arts/UNAM in Mexico City and has already been drawing for 27 years. His weapons of choice are ink and watercolor with a touch of acrylic and liquid pastel.
And now, his drawings of samurai are presented to you at Samurai Art!


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  1. Rodolfo Arana: Thanks Cedric & the Samurai Art...

    • Samurai Art: You're welcome! Thanks for your comment :)

  2. Cisneros Martinez Jaemikun: :D increible me ha impresionado mucho .... me encanta saludos desde Guadalajara ....

Samurai And Ninja Kitbash Collection

A few weeks ago, a Samurai Art follower, Ptk DanCastro, sent me a link to his own gallery of samurai and ninja figures kitbash collection that he made himself. If you don’t know about kitbashing, here is a link to the Wikipedia article.
I personally find it to be an outstanding and very interesting work, and that is why I am sharing it with you today. Enjoy!

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  1. Ptk DanCastro: thanks for the feature :)

  2. telni: awesome!