2018

Ogawa Coffee Ogawa Coffee (京都駅店) is perfect for those who have some free time before travelling. Situated inside Kyoto station this coffee shop offers a range of sweets and quality coffee, with the added bonus of being able to make use of the free station WiFi. Address: Japan, 〒600-8216 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Higashishiokojicho, 地下鉄京都駅コンコース 中央1改札口北側コトチカ京都内 (Google […] Tofukuji Temple Tofukuji temple (東福寺) is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. It was built in 1236 on the instructions of Kujo Michiie, the great statesman of the Kamakura period, who desired to build in Kyoto a temple complexes in Nara. Even its name, Tofukuji, is a combination of […] Funaoka Onsen Public Baths Located in northwest Kyoto, Funaoka Onsen (船岡温泉) is one of the best places in the city to take the plunge and try the Japanese sento (public bath) experience. Be sure to check out the ranma (carved wooden panels) in the changing room. Carved during Japan’s invasion of Manchuria, the panels offer insight into the prevailing […] Philosopher’s Path The Philosopher's Path is a pleasant stone path along a canal which is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Hakuunan Vegetarian Restaurant Hakuunan (黄檗普茶料理 白雲庵) may be a little far from the centre of Kyoto, about 1 hour away from our hosts Doshisha University by public transport, but it is a vegetarian restaurant serving Fucha style of Shojin temple cuisine introduced from China in the 17th century by the priest Ingen. For a beatiful, delicious meal and […] Tenkaippin Ramen Shop Tenkaippin (天下一品) is a Japanese institution – a ramen food chain with over 200 branches in Japan and Hawai’i, famed for its especially thick soup (こってり). In Kyoto you can visit the first ever Tenkaippin restaurant which began the empire. Address: Japan, 〒606-8175 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Sakyo Ward, Ichijoji Tsukidacho, 94 メゾン白川 (Google Maps) Kafe Kosen Kafe Kosen (KAFE工船) is just a fifteen minute walk from our host institution, Doshisha University. Famed for being featured in Merry White’s ‘Coffee Life in Japan‘ as an example of the vibrant café society that has been a mainstay of Japanese culture for years, Kosen offers meticulously prepared single origin coffee.” Address: Japan, 〒602-0841 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, […] Elephant Factory Coffee Elephant Factory Coffee is a quiet, hidden café near Kawaramachi street. Known for the care and patience taken when preparing their coffee, this establishment is a sanctuary tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto city centre. Address: 309-4 Bizenjimacho, Nakagyo-ku | 2F HK Bldg., Kyoto 604-8023, Kyoto Prefecture (Google Maps) Francois Cafe Francois Café (うフランソア喫茶) in the Shijyo Kobashi district of Kyoto opened its doors in 1934 and immediately distinguished itself through its style, curated by founders Shinichi Tanino and Shiro Takagi. Stained glass windows, an elegant dome white ceiling, and red velvet chairs offered a a luxurious salon style café from the beginning. Come here for […] Takimoto Liquor Store Takimoto Liquor Store ((株)タキモト)  is a five minute walk from Gojo Station on the Karasuma subway line, facing Rokujo-dori. The shop is overflowing with sake not just from Kyoto, but from all over the country. They keep the quality by using huge refrigerators and rooms kept at low temperatures so you can buy sake in […] Asano Sake Store Asano Sake Store (浅野日本酒店 Kyoto) not only allows you to purchase from one of the widest ranges of sake available in Japan, but also crucially allows you to sample their offerings at their bar before you purchase. This iconic store is located very close to Kyoto station on the ground floor of the Kyoto Aeon […] Yamazaki Distillery Whisky-making at Yamazaki Distillery is notable for its wide variety of whiskies, unique at a global level. You can choose how to enjoy the distillery. It is free to explore the grounds. 1,000¥ to experience an audioguide tour of the production (English/French/Chinese), but note that an advanced booking is necessary but very easy to make […] JAM Hostel Sake Bar JAM Hostel Sake bar (JAM ホステル) boasts over 30 different sake (Japanese rice wine) to try by region, including specialties from Kyoto itself. These rotate, so there is always new sake to try. Sake flights are available and the owners and bartenders speak English and are accustomed to serving customers from all over the world. Address: Japan, […] Ramen in the Ichijoji area The famous Ramen in the Ichijoji area of Kyoto is wonderfully presented up by ‘Why Kyoto?‘ who offer a comprehensive guide to the area and the various customs surrounding the ubiquitous Japanese dish. “People hold that one of the reasons for the high number of ramen shops in Kyoto is the equally high number of […] Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) Ginkakuji consists of the Silver Pavilion, half a dozen other temple buildings, a beautiful moss garden and a unique dry sand garden. Kinobu Restaurant “We are dedicated to making sure our guests experience the charming, natural, and generous nature of Kinobu.” Kinobu is located on Shinmachi Street, also known as one of Kyoto’s kimono fabric merchant streets. Since 1935, Kinobu has satisfied and been favored by many wealthy gourmets in the area. Seasonal specialties are served as a fine […] Heihachi-jaya Restaurant “Heihachi Tea House Inn Offers the Different Scenes of Beauty and Taste Every Month through Four Seasons.” Heihachi Tea House Inn (山ばな 平八茶屋), established in 1576, is located along the Takano River overlooking Mt.Hiei in the East. In its authentic Japanese garden you can enjoy cherry blossoms in the Spring and colorful leaves of maple […] Hanbey-Fu Vegetarian Restaurant Hanbey-Fu (半兵衛麸) is a proud producer and seller of Kyoto Fu (prepared wheat gluten), catering especially for the vegetarian market in Kyoto. They boast a variety of specialty dishes including Namafu Dengaku (fresh wheat gluten cake, served with miso soy bean sauce) and fried Yuba (tofu skin). In addition to this they are proud to […] Tenki Restaurant Tenki Restaurant (天㐂)  is known to be a pioneer of Kaiseki cuisine and Tempura. Based in a beautiful and traditional tea house building they offer an authentic Kyoto lunch menu for 5,000¥ and a Kyoto-style Tempura Kaiseki Dinner for 9,000¥. Address: Japan, 〒602-8474 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Kamigyo Ward, Jozenjicho, 89 日本、〒602-8474 京都府京都市上京区千本通今出川上る (Open in Google Maps) Hyotei Restaurant Throughout its 400-year history, Hyotei has proudly preserved its tradition of culinary excellence. Nevertheless, Hyotei has always continued to adapt to change with a forward-looking spirit.   Hyotei‘s history is long and could track back about four hundred years ago. It is said to have started as a tea ceremony house at Nanzen-ji temple. Since […] Amitai Etzioni and Mark Lilla Discuss an “Impossible” Unity Watch SASE's indefatigable founder in conversation with Mark Lilla. Pontocho Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most atmospheric dining areas. Nishiki Market Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related. Nanzenji Temple Nanzenji Temple is one of the most important Zen temples in all of Japan. Kyoto Imperial Palace The Kyoto Imperial Palace is located in the spacious Kyoto Imperial Park, an attractive park in the center of the city that also encompasses the Sento Imperial Palace and a few other attractions. Daitokuji Temple Daitokuji is the head temple of the Rinzai sect's Daitokuji school of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Ryoanji Temple Ryoanji Temple is the site of Japan's most famous rock garden. Kurama Kurama is best known for its temple Kurama-dera and its hot spring. Arashiyama and Sagano Arashiyama is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. Katsura Imperial Villa Katsura Imperial Villa is one of the finest examples of Japanese architecture and garden design. Kokedera (Moss Temple) Entrance to this temple requires a reservation made well in advance by email. Rohan Restaurant Casual restaurant with first-rate food Kitaoji Otagi Restaurant Ceramics made by potters selected by the owners are an additional highlight at this restaurant Shiruko Restaurant Famed for its miso soup, all seats in this restaurant face a Noh stage Tokasaikan Restaurant Chinese food on the water, with the oldest elevator in Japan Godan Miyazawa Restaurant Very small and intimate restaurant (8 seats in all!) Nakazen Restaurant A traditional Kyoto-style kaiseki restaurant with a focus on seasonal ingredients Saami Restaurant Enjoy traditional dishes & hospitality with a wonderful view of the Kyoto streets in a traditional Japanese-style building Niku no Takumi Miyoshi Restaurant One of the top kobe beef restaurants in the country Sebastien Lechevalier Seasoned SASE Japan scholar and SASE/Kyoto Program Co-Director Sébastien Lechevalier has put together a great list of things to do in Kyoto which we share with you ahead of the conference. Some of these places are exquisite! Besides his hard work for SASE, Sébastien is Associate Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales […] Fondation France-Japon EHESS Young Researcher Awards We are delighted to announce the winners of the EHESS Fondation France-Japon Young Researcher Travel Awards Kiyomizudera Temple On the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, Kiyomizudera is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. Cons and Scams: Their Place in American Culture Join us on April 23 and 24 at The New School (NYC) to explore cons and scams in their many guises, what makes us vulnerable to them, with particular attention to the current political scene in the US. This event is free and open to the public. SASE Newsletter Winter 2017-2018 newsletter revamped. Take a Look!! Reflecting on Kyoto "The sights and sounds in the city remind me of its ancient history and deep spiritual culture." - Kathryn Ibata-Arens Living in Kyoto Sophie Buhnik - French bureau of the Maison franco-japonaise in Tokyo SASE Video – Jonathan Zeitlin Jonathan Zeitlin (SASE President from 2009-2011) on SASE, from Costa Rica to Kyoto, and his own research. Marykyu Koyamaen Tea House Marukyu-Koyamaen ranks among the foremost producers of fine teas in Japan. SASE/Kyoto Featured Speakers – 23-25 June 2018 We are happy to announce our featured speakers for our 30th annual conference in Kyoto.                                                                                  […] Honors and Distinctions Here we celebrate the achievements of SASE members by highlighting the honors and distinctions that have been bestowed upon them during the past year.                                                                […]