Archive for February, 2014

by / on February 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Interesting Facts, Noh, Temples-Shrines

Imakumano Shrine Founded by Emperor Go-Shirakawa in 1160!

Valentines Day in Snowy Kyoto: A few days ago, while driving to the north of Kyoto, I passed by the Imakumano Shrine (新熊野神社) on Higashi Oki dori about 200 meters from the Sanjūsangen-dō (三十三間堂) temple towards the Sennyu-ji Temple grounds. It was valentine’s Day and it was snowing. I have passed this shrine many a time but never stopped by […]

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by / on February 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM / in Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at the Heian Shrine in Kyoto!

Setsubun at the Heian shrine: A few days ago, on Monday, February the third, I went to see the annual setsubun festival at the Heian shrine in Kyoto. I had been to Yoshida shrine, Yasaka shrine, Kitano Tenman-gu and Tenryu-ji previously. The inner court of the Heian shrine is quite large. A large perimeter was cordoned of, with the main […]

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by / on February 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM / in Heijō Palace Area, Nara Ken, Nara-City

Kikō-ji Temple in Nara Founded by Gyōki in 721!

Kikō-ji Temple in Nara: Last week Friday, while cycling around the Saidaiji area of Nara, I visited the Kikō-ji Temple (喜光寺). This old temple, dating back to 721 AD is also known as Sugawara-dera. Kikō-ji Temple was founded by Priest Gyōk (行基). An impressive Nandaimon or South Gate (南大門) is the entrance. Two fierce looking Kongōrikishi (金剛力士) or Niō (仁王) […]

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