- 3 hours
Exploring the Golden Pavilion
Ryoanji Temple Visit
Are there any other fees associated with this tour?
There may be nominal site entrance costs or other fees, like bus fare, that are not included in the price of the tour. It is a good idea to have some small coins on hand for these.
Marc enjoys sharing the understanding and the knowledge he gained over the years regarding traditional Japanese culture, Kyoto’s historical patrimony and Japanese society. After earning a Ph.D. in Biology and an M.A. in Psychology in France, he originally came here to carry out postdoctoral research. Passionate about the history and culture of Japan since childhood, he decided to stay in order to learn and study it first-hand. He studied several crafts including pottery, as well as several traditional arts. After many years of study, Marc was granted a 2nd degree tea ceremony instructor certificate and obtained a 3rd Dan in iaido. He also became a connoisseur of Japanese antiquities which he has been collecting and restoring. Before settling in Kyoto, he lived all around the country, in the countryside as well as in large cities for more than 12 years; a rich experience providing him with a wide knowledge of Japan. Marc now lives in the heart of Kyoto with his family in a 100-year- old house he is currently restoring. He presently teaches foreign languages at university and instructs local Japanese guides.
Preston came to Kyoto in 1981 to pursue his interests in Zen Buddhism and traditional Japanese music, specifically the zen repertoire for the shakuhachi bamboo flute as played by the "komuso" monks of the the Fuke-shu sect. He earned his "shihan," master’s license, took the name Keido, and performs frequently in Japan and America (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1XguDd43gc). An award-winning writer (and frequent contributor to Writers in Kyoto (http://www.writersinkyoto.com/)), Preston has authored books on Japanese gardens, including "Invitation to Tea Gardens: Kyoto's Culture Enclosed"; "The Courtyard Gardens of Kyoto"; as well as the text for the acclaimed CD-ROM "Kyoto Gardens: A Visual Stroll Through Zen Landscapes" (https://kyotogardens.org/). In addition to Asia studies, Preston holds a Ph.D. in English literature (Shakespeare Studies) from the University of Pennsylvania. As a recently retired professor from Otani University in Kyoto, Dr. Houser currently lives in nearby Kameoka and divides his time playing music, cycling, hiking, as well as rereading Shakespeare and Buddhist texts. Recently Preston provided the English translation for the Android Kannon Mindar at Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto He also spoke on "Bob Dylan and the I-Ching" at the World of Bob Dylan Conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 2019. An accomplished poet, Preston has three volumes of poetry available in Kindle ebook and paperback formats via Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/Preston-Keido-Houser/e/B08CV7HYTH?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000).
Janusz has spent over a decade living in close proximity to the most famous spots in Kyoto, but his passion for them remains the same as when he first visited the city as a young student. A devout fan of Japan's old capital, its vibe and creativity, he has obtained his MA and Ph.D. in Japanese contemporary history from Kyoto University, where he currently is a researcher.
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