Archive for June, 2012

by / on June 30, 2012 at 6:51 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Jōmyō-Yama (浄妙山) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

The Jōmyō-Yama (浄妙山) float derives its name from the “Hashi-gassen” (literally “Bridge Combat”) chapter of “The Tale of the Heike” (“Heike Monogatari”), a noted military epic written in the early 13th century. During the fighting in 1180 between the Heike and Genji clans Jomyo Tsutsui, a Genji military monk, stood on a beam of the half-broken bridge of the Uji […]

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by / on June 29, 2012 at 4:16 PM / in Nara Ken, Nara-City

Futai-ji Temple: A Poet’s Garden!

Futai-ji Temple: Futai-ji Temple (不退寺) is a small temple not so far from the city center of Nara. It actually is on the “Rekishino-Michi” hiking path. Some of the sides on this trail are burial mounds of past Emperors and a few more temples. The path is about a 4-kilometer-long route and is a perfect road to stroll from Saidai-ji to […]

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by / on June 29, 2012 at 7:14 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Iwato-Yama (岩戸山) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

The Iwato-Yama (岩戸山) float depicts the famous Japanese myth of the dark world returning to light when Amaterasu Omikami (the Goddess of the Sun), opens the Amano Iwato, a celestial-rock-gate, and emerges from the cave she was hiding in. Though called a “Yama” Iwato-Yama (岩戸山) has been a Boko-like drawn-type wheeled float since as long ago as the Muromachi period (approximately in […]

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by / on June 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hōshō-Yama (保昌山) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

The Hōshō-Yama (保昌山) float features the famous love story between court poetess Izumi Shikibu and courtier Hirai Yasumasa. In the scene portrayed on this float the valiant Yasumasa, also called Hosho, dares to intrude into the Shishin-den, the very center of the Imperial court, to snap a branch from a noted red Ume tree (Japanese plum) to present it to the […]

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by / on June 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hashi-Benkei-Yama (橋弁慶山) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

The Hashi-Benkei-Yama (橋弁慶山) float derives its name from a Noh drama titled “Hashi-benkei” and features a famous scene in which Benkei, a warrior monk in armor with a long-handled sword, is fighting with the young Ushiwaka-maru, who stands on the parapet of the Gojohashi bridge on the Kamo river. According to a famous legend, the herculean Benkei came down from Mount […]

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by / on June 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hakurakuten-yama (白楽天山) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

The Hakurakuten-yama (白楽天山) float features a famous scene in which Hakurakuten (Po Chu-i) (772-846), a Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty, is asking the Zen master Dorin about what is the essential teaching of Buddhism. Dorin sits on a pine tree and is wearing a head covering and holding a Buddhist rosary and a hossu (a short staff with hair […]

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by / on June 25, 2012 at 7:12 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hachiman-yama (八幡山) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

The Hachiman-yama (八幡山) float has a long history dating back to before the Onin wars (1467-1477), and has a deity that come and settle down on it during Yoi-yama (the eve of the Gion festival) and on the Gion festival parade day. These deities are usually enshrined at the Hachiman shrine in the neighborhood. The beautiful shrine on the Hachiman-yama (八幡山) […]

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