Fushimi-ku

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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by / on January 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM / in Featured, Fushimi-ku, Interesting Facts, Matsuri-Festival, Shogatsu, Temples-Shrines, Understanding Shinto.

Kagura Dance at Fushimi Inara Taisha in Kyoto!

Yesterday, on the 3rd day of the new year I visited the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. While there, a shrine maiden performed the Kagura dance accompanied by an ornately painted tsuri-daiko, a Yamagoto and a Yokobue flute. Kagura is the ancient Shinto ritual dance of shamanic origin. The word “kagura” is thought to be a contracted form of kami no […]

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by / on June 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Temples-Shrines

Ajisai no Miya: Fujinomori jinja (藤森神社)!

Ajisai no Miya: Fujinomori jinjya!, a set on Flickr. Fujinomori Shrine has a long history. It was built before the relocation of the capital to Kyoto in 794. The shrine deifies twelve gods including Susanoono Mikoto, who are venerated as Ubusunagami (tutelary gods of hamlets) of Fukakusa area in the south of Kyoto. The shrine is known as a place […]

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by / on February 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM / in Chushojima, Fushimi-ku, Historical Events, History Today, Local Gems, Temples-Shrines

Fushimi-Momoyama Castle: Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Hide-out!

Fushimi-Momoyama Castle: Fushimi-Momoyama Castle also known as Momoyama Castle or Fushimi-Momoyama Castle. Fushimi-Momoyama Castle is located on a hill, in other words a hilltop castle, which is known in Japanese as a ‘Teikakushiki’. Through numerous instances of being built, burned, and then rebuilt again – even dismantled and scattered throughout Kyoto – this modern replica was built in 1964 and […]

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by / on January 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

Chushojima: Overflowing with Ancient Customs!

Chushojima, in Fushimi Ward – among the many interesting things that lurk among its roads, there are a few which I visited the other day. The first was, of course, Fushimi Castle, also known as Momoyama Castle or Fushimi-Momoyama Castle. Fushimi Castle is located on a hill, in other words a hilltop castle, which is known in Japanese as a […]

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by / on June 2, 2011 at 9:41 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Hiking the Kami-Daigo Trail in Kyoto!

Kami-Daigo, hiking to the top: In early May, before the weather became too hot to undertake such an adventure, we set out to climb the holy mountain of Daigo, which is 450 meters above sea level. The sun was shining with a slight breeze in the air, and we were in good spirits. We had made some appetizing home-made sandwiches […]

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by / on April 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Daigo-ji in During the Cherry Blossom Season!

The Sakura season is one of the major events in Kyoto and the whole of Japan! The weather can still be cold here in Kyoto, rainy too, but it can also be a fine day. Many temples and shrines are open in the evening and have illumination in their compounds, and food stalls abound. It seems like everyone wants to […]

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