Archive for February, 2011

by / on February 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM / in Facts about Kyoto!, Interesting Facts

Kyoto, history and personal experience!

My experience: For the past 16 years I have been living in Kyoto and it has been a wonderful experience. Kyoto is not too big compared to Tokyo or Osaka, and it’s a nice place to live. Because of its stature as a cultural capital, and therefore visited by many people, the city does its best to keep the city […]

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by / on February 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM / in Out Of The Box

Kabuki Theater and Plays General Info.

Although I have never been to a kabuki play, would like to.., this type of art is part of Kyoto culture and as such has a place on my blog. I hope you enjoy reading the intricacies of this fascinating play. Content is taken from Wikipedia. Please enjoy the YouTube clips I found to give you an idea what it […]

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by / on February 22, 2011 at 6:32 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Temples-Shrines

Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto, Japan.

Fushimi Inari Taisha: (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. The shrine is said to have 32,000 sub-shrines – bunsha – throughout Japan. We went to Fushimi Inari a day before Setsubun when it was sunny and there weren’t too many people – a perfect day for temple-seeing. There are two ways to get into the […]

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by / on February 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM / in Featured, Kyoto WH, Sakyō-ku, Shimogamo Jinja, Temples-Shrines

Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto: Founded in the 6th Century!

We visited Shimogamo Shrine on the same day as we did Kamigamo, since they both had festivals and are twin temples. The shrine is situated slightly more down towards the city in a beautiful forest with majestic trees that would make you think it would be an enjoyable place to visit in the summer. There is a torii leading to […]

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by / on February 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM / in Kamigamo Jinja, Kita-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Kamigamo Shrine: A World Heritage Site in Kyoto!

On the day that we went to Kamigamo shrine there happened to be the added bonus of a bustling flea market which comes every Sunday. This added extra ambiance to our visit, as there were lots of people. Being still January, it was cold, and there was some snow on the roofs of the temples. Kamigamo is situated in the […]

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by / on February 11, 2011 at 5:32 PM / in Interesting Facts, Understanding Shinto.

What is Shinto?

A Shinto shrine is a structure whose main purpose is to house (“enshrine”) one or more Shinto kami. (Its most important building is used for the safekeeping of sacred objects and not for worship). Although only one word (“shrine”) is used in English, in Japanese Shinto shrines may carry any one of many different, non-equivalent names like gongen, -gū, jinja, […]

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by / on February 4, 2011 at 10:24 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun in Kitano Tenman-gu, Kyoto, Japan.

Today, February the 3rd, was the day of the Setsubun Festival which we visited at Kitano tenman-gu. Setsubun literally means ‘seasonal division’, and it celebrates the passage from winter into spring. The most famous custom of Setsubun is the Mame-maki, or Bean Throwing, where people throw dried beans at people dressed in oni masks or out the door to purify […]

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