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The traditions and culture of Kyoto are constantly developing. In Kyoto, tradition is defined as a continuation of innovation. The harmony that exists between traditional cuisine, flavours, dishes, pottery, and seasons makes Kyoto’s cuisine even more than wonderful. Not only are there many 3-starred Michelin restaurants, but Kyoto's sweets and other kinds of Japanese confectionery are unforgettable as well. Staying at Kanamean Nishitomiya and savouring the cuisine and sweets of Kyoto will make your trip a tasty and extraordinary one. Of course, Kanamean Nishitomiya’s cuisine is an excellent experience as well.
Kyoto is the only city where the culture of Maiko and Geiko exists in Japan. Maiko and Geiko are young women who expertly sing, dance and play a shamisen (a three-stringed instrument) as a form of delightful entertainment at a banquet. A Maiko is a young girl (about 15 to 20 years of age) who is yet to become a Geiko. After training for 5 years as a Maiko, the girl then holds the title of a Geiko. Maiko and Geiko are affiliated with “Okiya” that are centred around Kyoto’s Gion area, and from each Okiya, they are called to perform in tea houses and places such as Nishitomiya Kanamean. Guests enjoy wonderful dinners while being entertained by Kyoto’s traditional dances, shamisen (a three-stringed instrument), ohayashi (flute and drums), and unique games with Maiko and Geiko.
Kyoto was Japan’s capital city for 1,200 years. Kyoto is known to be the city where Japanese culture was born and shaped into what it is today. Kyoto's original and sophisticated cultural offerings include World Heritage temples and shrines, architecture, tea ceremonies (sado), flower arranging (kado), incense ceremonies (koudo), paintings, music and other arts. Enjoy your shopping trip by bike or on foot in Kyoto, a beautiful city where scenery and nature are marvellous in all four seasons.