by / on February 4, 2016 at 6:37 PM / in Kyoto-Fu, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Yawata

Demons at Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū in Yawata, Kyoto.

Driving out Demons” matsuri, My journey: Driving out Demons: last Sunday, January 31st, was a beautiful sunny winters day here in Kyoto. It was also the start of the setsubun (節分) matsuri season, different events will be held on February second and third. Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū (石清水八幡宮) in Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture is holding their annual Oni yarai hito (鬼やらい人) or […]

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by / on June 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Kyoto-Fu, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku, Yawata

Sakura Hotspots in Kyoto: Arashiyama.

Kizu and Katsura Rivers: A little while ago I got myself an off road mountain bike and have used it as part of my exercise routine. One of the goals I had set was to cycle along the Kizu River to Arashiyama. I live very close to this river and it has a nice cycling road along its banks. The […]

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by / on May 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM / in Kyoto-Fu, Sōraku County

Koishidani Shrine (戀志谷神社) in Minamiyamashiro-mura, Kyoto-fu!

Today, together with my hiking friends we went to Okawara along the Kizu River in Sōraku-gun, Kyoto prefecture. We went to the Koishidani Shrine (戀志谷神社) and enjoyed the splendid view of the mountain across from us. It was a fine day, we sat in the shade and enjoyed a cool breeze. Outside of that we tasted some sake from Tottori […]

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by / on April 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM / in Kyoto-Fu, Sōraku County

Hōsono Shrine (祝園神社) In Seika-chō, Kyoto-Fu!

The entrance of the Hōsono Shrine (祝園神社) in Seika-chō, Kyoto-Fu is located within 100 meters of the banks of the Kizu River and just below route 71. Around the shrine is a bamboo forest! It is said that in the time of the Emperor Sujin (88BC), a man named Yasuhiko Takehani was convicted of treason against the Imperial Court and […]

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by / on October 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM / in Kyoto-Fu, Uji City

Uji shrine by the Asagiri bridge in Uji City!

Last Friday (October 26) was such a nice autumn day here in Kyoto, I decided to walk around the Ujigawa River in Uji. Visited several historical places and shrines. Among them the Uji shrine by the Asagiri bridge. Here a little more about this shrine: When you pass through the shrine gate at the foot of the vermilion-coloured Asagiri Bridge, […]

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by / on October 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM / in Blazing the Yamabushi Trail!, Kyoto-Fu, Out Of The Box, Wazuka-cho

Blazing the Yamabushi Trail!

Today we (October 11,2011) — my daughters and I — decided to try our hand at hiking Mt. Jyubu, which we visited a few days ago. Arriving there, we encountered a light rain, but undaunted, we decided to try trekking a bit to see what we were getting into — little did we know. The fee for entering Mt. Jyubu […]

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by / on October 6, 2011 at 9:39 AM / in Hiking, Kyoto, Kyoto-Fu, Out Of The Box, Sōraku County, Wazuka-cho

Kontai-ji Temple on Jyubu Mountain in Kyoto Prefecture!

Today I went on an ‘out of the box’ adventure to  in Kyoto on Mount Jyubu near Wazuka-cho in Soraku-gun. Relying heavily on the help of i-pad navigation, we arrived at Mount Jyubu, and as my daughter will testify, the road winding up the 685 meter high mountain was full of fear and excitement (mainly fear on her part). Parking […]

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