Archive for January, 2015

by / on January 29, 2015 at 5:04 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!

Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine: On Sunday, the 3rd of February (2013), the yearly Setsubun festival was held at the Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) in Kyoto! Many people had gathered around the Kaguraden (神楽殿) for the musicians and dancers of the Yasaka Gagaku-kai (弥栄雅楽会) to start their sacred Bugaku (舞楽) court dance. Four ladies in traditional Buddhist costumes performed a traditional […]

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by / on January 22, 2015 at 6:37 PM / in Nishikyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

The Bamboo Palace of Princess Kaguya, in Kyoto.

Princess Kaguya’s Palace: Yesterday, while strolling around the bamboo forests of Nishiyama in Kyoto, I came across this odd looking entrance gate of Princess Kaguya’s palace in Kyoto. I was intrigued and was wondering what could be inside. The caretaker, a grandson of the original builder, told me the two structures are 100 years old and it took 27 years […]

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by / on January 14, 2015 at 3:23 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Shogatsu, Temples-Shrines

Tōka Ebisu Matsuri, at the Ebisu shrine in Kyoto.

Tōka Ebisu Matsuri: One of the first festivals in Kyoto is the Tōka Ebisu Matsuri. Although it is celebrated at many Ebisu shrines, the one at the Ebisu Shrine (ゑびす神社) in the Gion district of Kyoto is popular with many people. Other famous locations in the Kansai area are Osaka’s Imamiya Shrine (今宮戎神社) and Hyogo Prefecture’s Nishinomiya shrine (西宮神社). Kyoto’s […]

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