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Petals of wonder

1 Cherry blossoms herald spring's arrival. They symbolise the fleeting nature of human life. They bloom for a month and then fade away quickly.

Friday, 13 April, 2012, 12:00am

Life of geisha still alluring for girls

Wrapped in a beige satin kimono, with her face painted white and the edges of her eyes defined in crimson, 15-year-old Tomitae debuted as a maiko - or 'novice geisha' - at the annual Gion Odori, or dance performance, in Kyoto last month.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Japan joy for Snow Fairy

Defending Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup heroine, Snow Fairy, shrugged off the ills of bug bites and lameness to take another Group One Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Kyoto, Japan, yesterday and trainer Ed Dunlop confirmed Hong Kong would be her next stop.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Meet and greet

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Where is Dennis?

Young Post mascot Dennis has been travelling around the world this summer. Be the first to guess where he is, and discuss your favourite travel destinations with YP readers.

Go to > Over to You YP > forum to post your answer.

4 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Big deal

Tiglion Travel is selling a two-night package to Kyoto from HK$4,390 per person, twin share (single travellers are charged an extra HK$500), with accommodation at the New Miyako (

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Wen scores runs with Japanese as trip winds down

Premier Wen Jiabao scored a diplomatic home run yesterday when he practised pitching and batting with students at a Japanese university baseball field.

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Premier visits Zhou Enlai memorial

Premier Wen Jiabao visited a restored monument dedicated to predecessor Zhou Enlai to show China's sincerity about repairing the Sino-Japanese ties that the late leader played a key role in normalising.

'I have a special feeling about laying flowers here,' Mr Wen said on the final day of his three-day trip.

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


1 Kyoto Tower

28 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

A walk on the mild side

Hand over about 10,000 yen (HK$650) in Kyoto and you can have yourself made-up to look like a maiko, or apprentice geisha, at one of several establishments. Customers are dressed, made-up, fitted with koppori clogs, photographed then, if they choose, they can totter away with coquettish trepidation for some time in the outside world.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Kotoran Spa, Kyoto, Japan

Where? The ancient cultural city of Kyoto is now home to the first Clarins day spa in Asia. Offering panoramic views from the 10th floor of the Kyoto Royal Hotel, the spa sits among the temples, shrines and traditional shops of Japan's first capital. The Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle and the famous geisha entertainment district of Gion are a short stroll from the hotel.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Kyoto dreaming

An apprehensive Tom Cruise is waiting in the half-light of a forest with a company of raw military recruits when the formidable enemy arrives. On horseback and wearing impressive helmets and armour, they emerge from the mist-shrouded trees looking like creatures from an alien world. These are samurai, Japanese warriors, and their blades soon dispatch the musket-toting infantry.

1 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Take the train

I wholeheartedly agree with reader Jan Melis ('Goals of Kyoto treat should apply to SAR,' South China Morning Post, September 10) - an increase in petrol prices would make personal road users think a little more carefully about using their cars, but not without providing alternatives.

18 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Tourists taken for ride as image gets the bullet

Kyoto is testimony not to Japan's cultural heritage but to the power of marketing.

Kyoto: the name invokes images of temples, rustic bridges, a place of harmony. A global accord on the environment was named after this city which attracts almost 10 million tourists a year, one million of them foreigners.

2 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Hot air in Kyoto

The Kyoto conference on global emissions was never expected to achieve much, and on that score it has lived down to expectations. The whole question of global warming is shrouded in a fog of claim and counter-claim. One set of scientists insists it is all a myth. Another warns that the Earth faces Armageddon. The rest of us can only judge by what we see of climatic conditions across the world.

11 Dec 1997 - 12:00am