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Roji: Kyoto’s Hidden Alleys

Aired: April 8, 2022 (UTC)


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Kyoto has a history of 1200 years. Its numerous shrines and temples make it one of Japan’s leading tourist destinations. Hidden in this ancient city are alleys called “Roji.” Many of them can’t be reach by car, yet they are just a step away from the main streets. Once you enter a Roji, there’s a scene of Kyoto that surprises visitors. Craftspeople from all over are attracted to the area. Many are rebuilt and given new life, with each Roji having its own character. Grandma feline Eki takes us on a unique tour.

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