When I came to Kyoto in summer 2013, I was enchanted by the city and its people, by Kyoto's culture and sights. I visited many of Kyoto's famous events, like the Big 3 Festivals: Aoi, Gion, and Jidai matsuri; I prayed at the Daimonji fires and rang the temple bells at New Year's Eve, I performed hatsumode and drove out winter's demons at setsubun. After a while I realised that the Big 12 are just the tip of the iceberg, that there is so much more to see and do in Kyoto with its many centuries of history. Unfortunately, the information is often only available in Japanese...
I decided to change that, and this is how What's up in Kyoto was born back in 2016, with the goal to bring all of Kyoto's events to an English speaking audience. We've come a long way since then, but many more steps lie ahead. I hope you enjoy our events and all else related to What's up in Kyoto!
Iris Reinbacher, PhD, founder and president
December 2018: Added the experiences page
Spring 2018: New logo design and revamp of pages
August 2017: Started the What's up in Kyoto twitter page with weekly tweets about current events
May 2017: Started the What's up in Kyoto facebook page with a daily event highlight
Spring 2017: Switched to tockify.com as an external provider for the calendar
January 2017: Started the posts about Monthly Highlights and the respective archives
Summer 2016: Started the website and the main event calendar
Our mother company is Seisen Media Ltd., which is fully owned by Iris Reinbacher. All webdesign is from scratch and done by them.
The calendar behind What's up in Kyoto is provided by tockify.com. We love the features of tockify and how easy it is to customize and use. Their customer service is outstanding, and we cannot praise or recomment tockify too highly.
After using a rather plain and basic logo for the first two years or so, we turned to a professional for the current one. It was designed by Masahiko Honjo, a renowned artist who makes shin hanga woodblock prints and lives, works, and teaches in Kyoto.
The images on What's up in Kyoto come from various sources. Most of them were provided by the event organisers or venues themselves or were taken by the team of What's up in Kyoto. We occasionally use free images from Photo-AC, unsplash or wikimedia commons. In general, please assume that any image on this page is copyrighted. If you'd like to reuse them, please contact us beforehand. Also, if you find one of your images on this website and believe we are using it without consent, please also contact us. Thank you!
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