Archive for August, 2014

by / on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines, Uncategorized

Buddhist Artefacts at the Senbon Shaka-dō in Kyoto.

Senbon Shaka-dō Temple: A few days ago, I visited the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) or Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kamigyo-ku ward of Kyoto. The Senbon Shaka-dō Temple was founded in 1227 and the main hall is the oldest structure in Kyoto. Reihōkan Treasure House: The Reihōkan, of Senbon Shaka-dō, is one of Kyoto’s finest treasure halls. Inside the Reihōkan treasure house […]

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by / on August 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

“Hare of Inaba and Ōkuninushi” at Yasaka Shrine!

Ōkuni Shrine: While visiting Yasaka shrine during Yoi-Yoiyama of Gion Matsuri, I came across this sub-shrine, the Ōkuni Shrine (大國主社). You’ll find it on your left as you approach the main area of Yasaka shrine, right across from where you buy lucky charms. You can’t miss it as there is a large statue of Ōkuninushi and the White Hare of […]

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by / on August 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Traditional Nihon Buyō Performances at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto.

Nihon Buyō at Yasaka Jinja: During the Gion matsuri month of July many events take place in the Yasaka shrine in Kyoto. One of those events is a traditional performance of Nihon Buyō (日本舞踊). This event takes place on the 15th of July and is part of Yoi-yoi Yama. The program starts at 3.00 pm and last about 2 hours. […]

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by / on August 11, 2014 at 12:52 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kyoto WH, Nara WH

“Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill.

“Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill: A few days ago, I received my very own copy of “Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill, a British citizen living in Kyoto for a good many years. John has written many books about Japanese tradition, culture and religion, and this one is my favourite. This book covers all World Heritage sites […]

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by / on August 9, 2014 at 9:36 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Beauty Water at the Utsukushi-gozen Shrine During Gion Matsuri, in Kyoto.

Yasaka shrine During Gion Matsuri: On the grounds of the Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) in Kyoto are many sub-shrines, some more colourful than others. This is the Utsukushi-gozen Shrine (美御前社) and you can find it on the East side of the Hondo (本殿) or main hall. During the Gion Matsuri, this shrine and all other buildings are colourfully decorated for a […]

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