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Highlighting Attractions in Osaka and Kyoto, in Japan

Aired March 14, 2012 - 05:30:00   ET

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MAKOTO ARIMOTO, SAKE BREWER: (from subtitles): "Happiness starts with brewing." This brewery has been here for 130 years and this is the only part left.

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ARIMOTO: (from subtitles): In about 20-30 days the sake is ready. Rice, yeast and water. Those are the three ingredients of sake.

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ARIMOTO: (from subtitles): There are lots of sake: Nigorizake, Junmaishu and many other varieties. But the best sake is brewed when it is the coldest.

Sake for the Japanese is essential. We could never do without it.

It's sacred and it's always used in ceremonies, it's used in cuisine. That's why if you come to Kyoto you are going to have to try sake.

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ARIMOTO: (from subtitles): These types of houses once lined both sides of the street. But now they are slowly being destroyed.

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ARIMOTO: (from subtitles): The coffee is delicious. It's warmed me up. There are a lot of shops on tourist maps but the only way to find a cafe like this is to walk the streets and stumble upon it.

In here, summer is hot. Winter is cold. It's tough, but there are advantages. You can feel the different seasons here. So it's interesting. I love this atmosphere.

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SATOSHI HIGASHIJIMA, ARCHITECT: We're catching train line (ph) -- I think that's the way to go to Kyoto from Osaka, just on line (ph). Also if you're busy, the time, the time goes much faster. But link, once you go to Kyoto, time for (inaudible). (Inaudible) all sort of people not.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One (inaudible), (inaudible) here and but not many all sort of people. There are no, however, this is very sacred so those (inaudible), people from Osaka right here. You can catch a local bus for maybe 10 minutes. I think most of people do that, but I love walking so I will always walk here.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My wife and I had been married in Kiwon Ishryen (ph) then we stayed here that night. Those bamboo window guards, they won't last long, but then they've got (inaudible) pretty easy but it's natural and good, just little things makes huge difference.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So in the old days, this way, they didn't have much rain, the incura (ph) came here and begged the gold (ph). But just looking at this view, just you know, just beautiful.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: High wind for the good relationship we say. OK.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It says if I have some wish with people's help, it's coming true.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (Speaking foreign language).

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm a specialist in Anglo-Japanese relations and its history. I'm a history nerd.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I thought we might go down here, first of all. This is Shinto Buku (ph). When I first came to Kyoto, it was modern Kyoto with old Kyoto and that mix which really drew me to Kyoto in the first place.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I wanted to bring you here because on the second floor they have some amazing (inaudible) and some very old books and lots of little treasures.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A guidebook of Edo, which is present-day Tokyo, of course, somebody traveling up to Edo would take a guidebook like this with them.

This box here has a box (inaudible). They're all lacquer poems and -- how much was it -- 94,500 yen, but the set comes like this, and they're from -- basically from the Edo period, 1600 to 1868. Ah, 1700. That's from about 1700. But proves how strong these books are.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just want to show you in here, because this is really cool. If we go inside, there's a little statue of Sakamoto Ryoma.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A lot of people put money towards paying for the stone and the statue and things.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So we're coming up to the bar here. Ryoma Kyoto. And let's go and say hello.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's the samisen (ph), a traditional Japanese instrument, and this guy is a very famous inca (ph) singer.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He wants to play a song for us.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (Speaking foreign language).

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: At the Ryoma Club, they organize events around things that happened in Ryomic (ph) life, so every year on November 15th, the Kyoto Ryoma Club (ph) organizes a parade that goes around Kyoto City and everybody dresses up.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In Ryoma style kimono. They're wearing -- they have the family crests, which is Ryoma's (ph) family crest on my kimono. Everybody gets dressed up and we parade through the streets and celebrate Ryoma's life. And this is Ryoma.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: At the top here.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This place is great, although it's, you know, it's good for historians and you can learn a lot about the history, but also it's got a real family atmosphere. So even if you don't know Ryoma, you just come and hang out here and have fun.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Enjoy a drink and talk to nice people and it's very cool. I like it here.

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