Archive for June 2nd, 2011

by / on June 2, 2011 at 9:41 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Hiking the Kami-Daigo Trail in Kyoto!

Kami-Daigo, hiking to the top: In early May, before the weather became too hot to undertake such an adventure, we set out to climb the holy mountain of Daigo, which is 450 meters above sea level. The sun was shining with a slight breeze in the air, and we were in good spirits. We had made some appetizing home-made sandwiches […]

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by / on June 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM / in Aoi Matsuri, Kamigamo Jinja, Matsuri-Festival, Shimogamo Jinja

Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) in the Old Heian Capital of Japan, Kyoto!

In the festival’s parade, ladies dressed in the ceremonial court robes and men in traditional costumes ride on ox carriages decorated with wisteria leaves (normally used by noblemen in the Heian period). There are 36 horses, 4 oxen, 2 ox carriages, 1 mikoshi ,and over 500 people forming the Imperial procession, making it one of the most elaborate and colorful […]

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