Fushimi-ku

by / on April 14, 2016 at 2:22 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Rice Cake Lifting Matsuri at Daigo-ji, Kyoto.

Rice Cake Lifting Matsuri: Every year, on February 23rd, the annual “Mochi age” (餅上げ) or “rice cake lifting” event is held at Daigo-ji Temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto City. The rice cake lifting event is the high lite of the Godairikison Ninno-e Ceremony (五大力尊仁王会) and attracts many visitors from all over Japan. This ceremony dates back to the reign of Emperor […]

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by / on April 22, 2015 at 4:55 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hideyoshi ’s Sakura Party at Daigo-ji, Kyoto!

Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s Cherry Blossom Party at Daigo-ji in Kyoto: The annual Hō-Taikō Hanami Gyōretsu (Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s cherry blossom viewing parade – 豊太閤花見行列) was held at Daigo-ji temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto, on the 12th of April. The procession exits the Sanbō-in garden (三宝院) through the Karamon gate and makes it way via the Sandō (参道), the approach to the main area […]

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by / on April 17, 2015 at 5:14 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Bugaku at Hideyoshi’s Sakura Party in Kyoto.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Cherry Blossom Parade: The annual Hō-Taikō Hanami Gyōretsu (Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s cherry blossom viewing parade – 豊太閤花見行列) was held at Daigo-ji temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto, on the 12th of April. While Hideyoshi and his entourage sat on the steps of the Kondō Hall (金堂), different performances where held. One of these was a Bugaku (舞楽) mythical lion dance to […]

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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 January 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Kamigamo Jinja, Nishikyō-ku, Shimogamo Jinja, Shimogyō-ku, Temples-Shrines, Yamashina-ku

New-Years -2014- Celebrations in Kyoto!

Shōgatsu or New-Years is an important time for Japanese people and there are many customs and traditions to be observed. Some shinto shrines display large “Ema” (絵馬) in their precincts. Ema (絵馬) are votive tablets (an object offered in fulfilment of a vow) bearing illustrations of horses or other scenes offered at shrines and temples. This year is the “year […]

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by / on April 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Temples-Shrines

Hokai-ji Temple (法界寺) in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto!

The Hokai-ji Temple (法界寺) belongs to the Daigo school of Shingon Buddhism and is also known as Hino Yakushi.  The Hokai-ji Temple (法界寺) was founded in 1051 when Sukenari Hino converted the mountain villa of the Hino family into a temple. The Hino family belonged to the powerful Fujiwara Clan who where close to the Imperial Family. Amongst the Hino family members […]

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by / on January 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM / in Featured, Fushimi-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Shogatsu, Temples-Shrines

Fushimi Inari Taisha During Shōgatsu!

During the Shōgatsu season (new-Year) I visited the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto! Shōgatsu is an important time of the year for Japanese people. As soon as the buddhist temples bells toll for the passing into the new year, thousands of people go to the shrines. Amongst one of the most popular is the Fushimi Inari Taisha as it is […]

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