Higashiyama-ku

by / on September 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto: A Closer Look, Pt.1.

Yasaka Shrine: During the month of July, the Gion Matsuri month, Yasaka shrine is a busy hub for many people. Yasaka shrine is colourfully decorated and many events take place. The main entrance gate or the “Nishi Romon gate (西楼門)” is a landmark of Kyoto and every day of the year you can see visitors posing for a picture on […]

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by / on August 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

“Hare of Inaba and Ōkuninushi” at Yasaka Shrine!

Ōkuni Shrine: While visiting Yasaka shrine during Yoi-Yoiyama of Gion Matsuri, I came across this sub-shrine, the Ōkuni Shrine (大國主社). You’ll find it on your left as you approach the main area of Yasaka shrine, right across from where you buy lucky charms. You can’t miss it as there is a large statue of Ōkuninushi and the White Hare of […]

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by / on August 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Traditional Nihon Buyō Performances at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto.

Nihon Buyō at Yasaka Jinja: During the Gion matsuri month of July many events take place in the Yasaka shrine in Kyoto. One of those events is a traditional performance of Nihon Buyō (日本舞踊). This event takes place on the 15th of July and is part of Yoi-yoi Yama. The program starts at 3.00 pm and last about 2 hours. […]

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by / on August 9, 2014 at 9:36 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Beauty Water at the Utsukushi-gozen Shrine During Gion Matsuri, in Kyoto.

Yasaka shrine During Gion Matsuri: On the grounds of the Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) in Kyoto are many sub-shrines, some more colourful than others. This is the Utsukushi-gozen Shrine (美御前社) and you can find it on the East side of the Hondo (本殿) or main hall. During the Gion Matsuri, this shrine and all other buildings are colourfully decorated for a […]

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by / on July 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Gion Matsuri in Kyoto 2014: Ato-Matsuri!

On the 24th of July, the last Gion Matsuri was held in the city of Kyoto. Its the first time in more than 150 years that the Gion Matsuri has been held in its original format. This is a photo account of the Ato-Matsuri (後祭) the last parade of the Gion Matsuri, 2014 in Kyoto. It was a hot day […]

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by / on February 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Interesting Facts, Noh, Temples-Shrines

Imakumano Shrine Founded by Emperor Go-Shirakawa in 1160!

Valentines Day in Snowy Kyoto: A few days ago, while driving to the north of Kyoto, I passed by the Imakumano Shrine (新熊野神社) on Higashi Oki dori about 200 meters from the Sanjūsangen-dō (三十三間堂) temple towards the Sennyu-ji Temple grounds. It was valentine’s Day and it was snowing. I have passed this shrine many a time but never stopped by […]

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by / on January 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

“Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage at Ho-on-in,Kyoto!

“Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage at Ho-on-in (法音院): This is the seventh and last stop of the “Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage at Ho-on-in (法音院) a sub temple of the Sennyū-ji Temple complex (泉涌寺) in Kyoto! The deity that is enshrined here is Jurōjin (寿老人) one of the “Seven Lucky Gods”. Who is Jurōjin (寿老人): Jurōjin, according to Wikipedia is “is the […]

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