Archive for November, 2014

by / on November 20, 2014 at 9:36 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines, Yamashina-ku

Dainichi-dō in Kyoto, during Autumn 2014!

Today, I drove along the Higashiyama driveway and took a look at the Shōgunzuka Dainichi-dō (将軍塚大日堂). Since October of this year the temple has re-opened after a year long renovation. What before was a dirt and gravel area in front of the main hall is now a neatly trimmed small mound with maple trees and grass, and a smoothly finished […]

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by / on November 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Autumn at Eikan-dō in Kyoto.

Autumn in Kyoto: Autumn in Kyoto is always an extraordinary event, bringing people from all over the world, to experience the beautiful maple colours in an exquisite setting. Amongst the favourites is Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji (永観堂禅林寺) gardens in Northern Kyoto. It’s conveniently located along the well know Philosophers path and there are several more popular autumn spots in the vicinity. Eikan-dō […]

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by / on November 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hitaki Sai Festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Hitaki Sai: Today, November the 8th, was the annual Hitaki Sai (火焚祭) Fire Festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto. As usual the Fushimi Inari shrine is crowded with people from all over. Today was no difference though, the weather was kind of nice and many people where lining up to get a good spot at the festival site. […]

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by / on November 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM / in Out Of The Box

La Japonaise by Monet in Kyoto!

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and “La Japonaise”: On a windy, blustering day, my daughter and I visited an exhibition on Japonism at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. Japonism is, as described on Wikipedia, the influence of Japanese art, fashion, and aesthetics on Western culture; particularly, in this case, referring to impressionist art in the 19th century. The centrepiece […]

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