Archive for November, 2012

by / on November 24, 2012 at 1:11 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Featured, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto During Autumn 2012!

Last Thursday I went to the Higashiyama area of Kyoto to visit Kiyomizu dear and Kodai-ji temple garden. I couldn’t resist taking a peak at the Yasaka shrine. As usual it was packed with visitors, one of the reasons being that it is the peak season for viewing the autumn colours. The Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社 Yasaka-jinja), once called Gion Shrine, […]

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by / on November 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM / in Featured, Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Gion Kaku in Higashiyama-Kyoto!

While visiting the Kodai-ji temple in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto is saw this quite different looking type of pagoda. It is the Daiun-in temple with the “Gion Kaku” tower (大雲院 祇園閣) dedicated to the famous warlord Oda Nobunaga and his eldest son Nobutada who committed seppuku in 1582 when Akechi forces betrayed the Oda, attacking Honno-ji and then Nijo […]

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by / on November 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea.

Historical Events Today: 1905 – The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea. The Japan–Korea Treaty of 1905, also known as the Eulsa Protective Treaty or Japan–Korea Protectorate Treaty, was made between the Empire of Japan and the Korean Empire in 1905. Negotiations were concluded on November 17, 1905. In the metonymy “Ulsa Treaty,” the word Eulsa or Ulsa […]

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by / on November 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto Gosho, Oikeniwa, Oikeniwa garden, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

OikeNiwa Garden at the Kyoto Imperial Palace!

Japanese gardens are renowned for their simplicity and beauty and the Oikeniwa garden is one such example. It is a landscape garden and features a spacious pond with it’s strolling pathway around the pond. The front shoreline called Suhama is covered with pebbled stones and a path of large unevenly shaped stepping stones leads down to the water’s edge. Various […]

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by / on November 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM / in Kyōto Gosho, Out Of The Box

Kyoto Imperial Palace!

Last week Thursday the 1st day of November the Kyoto Imperial Palace held its annual autumn open door event. It was a fine day and I took the opportunity to go for a visit. I wasn’t the only one with that idea though. The entrance was very busy and more and more groups where arriving in typical Japanese fashion, a […]

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by / on November 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM / in Featured, Gonaitei, Kyōto Gosho

Gonaitei Garden in Kyoto Goshou!

This is the Gonaitei Garden, it is the Emperor’s private garden. The meandering stream flowing through the garden is spanned by earthen, stone and wooden bridges. At the bottom right of the garden, there is a tea house called Kintai. See the other pictures of the Kyoto Imperial Palace here! The Emperor’s Private Garden: Gonaitei!

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by / on November 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Emperor Meiji’s Birthday Today!

Famous Birthdays Today: 1852 – Mutsuhito, 122nd emperor of Japan. Emperor Meiji (明治天皇, 3 November 1852 – 30 July 1912), or Meiji the Great (明治大帝), was the 122nd emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from 3 February 1867 until his death. He presided over a time of rapid change in Japan, as the nation rose […]

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