Archive for October, 2012

by / on October 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM / in Featured, Temples-Shrines, Uji City

Daimyo Nagai Naomasa’s Kōshō-ji Temple in Uji!

Reestablished in 1648, Kōshō-ji Temple, with its white Chinese-style gate, reflects the solemn atmosphere of the Zen sect. The slope between the riverside and the temple is called Kotozaka, one of the 12 Beauty Spots of Uji. Here you can enjoy the tinted autumnal leaves. In 1233, after his return from his study mission to China, Dōgen Zenji founded the […]

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by / on October 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM / in Kyoto-Fu, Uji City

Uji shrine by the Asagiri bridge in Uji City!

Last Friday (October 26) was such a nice autumn day here in Kyoto, I decided to walk around the Ujigawa River in Uji. Visited several historical places and shrines. Among them the Uji shrine by the Asagiri bridge. Here a little more about this shrine: When you pass through the shrine gate at the foot of the vermilion-coloured Asagiri Bridge, […]

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by / on October 29, 2012 at 9:03 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Featured, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Red Maple Leaves of Tōfuku-ji in Kyoto!

As the season of autumn leaf-changing comes to an end, I decided to visit to one of the most well-known and popular sites for Momiji-watching (‘Momiji,’ which indicates the changing of the leaves), Tōfuku-ji (東福寺). Tōfuku-ji (東福寺) is one of the five great Zen temples of Kyoto, and is the head temple of the Tōfuku-ji school of the Rinzai sect […]

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by / on October 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Emperor Juntoku of Japan!

Famous Birthdays Today: 1197-Emperor Juntoku of Japan. Emperor Juntoku (順徳天皇) (October 22, 1197 – October 7, 1242) was the 84th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1210 through 1221. In actuality, Emperor Go-Toba wielded effective power as a cloistered emperor during the years of Juntoku’s reign. In 1221, he was […]

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by / on October 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Emperor Kanmu Moves Japanese Capital to Heiankyo!

Historical Events Today: 794 – Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto). Heian-kyō (平安京, literally “tranquility and peace capital”), was one of several former names for the city now known as Kyoto. It was the capital of Japan for over one thousand years, from 794 to 1868 with an interruption in 1180. Emperor Kammu established it as the […]

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by / on October 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1675-Emperor Higashiyama of Japan.

Emperor Higashiyama (東山天皇, October 21, 1675 – January 16, 1710) was the 113th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Higashiyama’s reign spanned the years from 1687 through 1709. Some of the Events of Higashiyama’s life: September 16, 1689 (Genroku 2): German physician Engelbert Kaempfer arrives at Dejima for the first time. Bakufu policy in this era […]

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by / on October 19, 2012 at 11:57 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1600 – Battle of Sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan’s rulers (shoguns)!

The Battle of Sekigahara, popularly known as the Battle for the Sundered Realm, was a decisive battle on October 21, 1600 (Keichō 5, 15th day of the 9th month) which cleared the path to the Shogunate for Tokugawa Ieyasu. Though it would take three more years for Ieyasu to consolidate his position of power over the Toyotomi clan and the […]

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