Higashiyama-ku

by / on November 14, 2017 at 6:49 PM / in Adashino Nenbutsu, Arashiyama, Autumn-Momiji, Gio-ji, Higashiyama-ku, Hokyo-in, Jojakko-ji temple, Kamigyō-ku, Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Nison-in, Nonomiya-jinja, Otagi Nenbutsu, Sakyō-ku, Seiryo-ji, Temples-Shrines, Tenryu-ji, Tenryū-ji

3 Days of Autumn Bliss, A Carefully Selected Travel Planner.

Three Days of Autumn Bliss in Kyoto! A few days ago, I posted my first travel guide book to Kindle and iBooks. I have carefully selected some of Kyoto’s most scenic autumn spots. This guide book will take you on a three day trip through the ancients streets of Kyoto. On day 1, we’ll walk along the Higashiyama range and downtown […]

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by / on June 18, 2016 at 3:35 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Azuma Asobi, Heian Style Dance at Yasaka Shrine.

Azuma Asobi, the annual Reisai Ceremony at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto: The Azuma Asobi Dance is held every year, on June 15th, during the annual Reisai (例祭) ceremony at Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社) in Kyoto. When I arrived at Yasaka shrine, the Honden (本殿) was festively decorated and members of the Yasaka shrine community where entering to attend the ceremony. On […]

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by / on April 13, 2016 at 4:06 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Toyotomi Hideyoshi ’s Mausoleum in Kyoto.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Mausoleum of A Warlord: Toyotomi Hideyoshi and my journey to his mausoleum. Today (Sunday April 10th), I explored a part of Kyoto that has been to my “to see list” for quite some time. So I hiked up to Amidagamine Mountain (阿弥陀ヶ峰) to visit the mausoleum of famous warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), who unified Japan in the […]

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by / on February 2, 2015 at 10:09 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!

Setsubun at Yasaka shrine: Today is the first day of the Setsubun Matsuri and annual “bean trowing” events are held in Kyoto. I attended the first show at Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) that started at 13.00pm. Maiko from the Pontochō kabu-kai (先斗町歌舞会) did a traditional dance accompanied by ladies playing the shamisen (三味線). After the dance the maiko and shrine priests […]

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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 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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by / on October 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Yasaka Shrine: A Closer Look, Pt.3.

The East Side of Yasaka Shrine: In this entry on Yasaka shrine well tale a look at some of the sub-shrines on the East side of the shrine grounds. When you walk towards the Maruyama park on your right is a colourful shrine dedicated to the “Inari Gods” it goes by the name of Tamamitsu Shrine (玉光稲荷社). During festivals its […]

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