by / on November 24, 2012 at 1:11 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Featured, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto During Autumn 2012!

Last Thursday I went to the Higashiyama area of Kyoto to visit Kiyomizu dear and Kodai-ji temple garden. I couldn’t resist taking a peak at the Yasaka shrine. As usual it was packed with visitors, one of the reasons being that it is the peak season for viewing the autumn colours. The Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社 Yasaka-jinja), once called Gion Shrine, […]

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by / on November 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM / in Featured, Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Gion Kaku in Higashiyama-Kyoto!

While visiting the Kodai-ji temple in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto is saw this quite different looking type of pagoda. It is the Daiun-in temple with the “Gion Kaku” tower (大雲院 祇園閣) dedicated to the famous warlord Oda Nobunaga and his eldest son Nobutada who committed seppuku in 1582 when Akechi forces betrayed the Oda, attacking Honno-ji and then Nijo […]

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by / on October 29, 2012 at 9:03 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Featured, Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Red Maple Leaves of Tōfuku-ji in Kyoto!

As the season of autumn leaf-changing comes to an end, I decided to visit to one of the most well-known and popular sites for Momiji-watching (‘Momiji,’ which indicates the changing of the leaves), Tōfuku-ji (東福寺). Tōfuku-ji (東福寺) is one of the five great Zen temples of Kyoto, and is the head temple of the Tōfuku-ji school of the Rinzai sect […]

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by / on November 4, 2011 at 10:11 AM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Yasui Konpira-gu and the “Comb” Festival in Kyoto!

Yasui Konpira-gu is a popular temple located in Kyoto which enshrines three deities, namely, Emperor Sutoku, Oomono-no-nushi, and Minamoto no Yorimasa. A unique and beautiful festival, Kushi Matsuri is held here; a festival which offers thanks to hair ornaments and combs which are a pivotal point of beauty in Japanese traditional women’s wear. Held annually on the fourth Monday of […]

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by / on April 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Enichisan Tōfuku-ji (東福寺) in Kyoto, Japan. April 2011!

Tōfuku-ji is a Buddhist temple in Higashiyama-ku in Kyoto, Japan. Tōfuku-ji takes its name from two temples in Nara, Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji. It is one of the so-called Kyoto Gozan or “five great Zen temples of Kyoto”. Its honorary sangō prefix is Enichi-san. History Tōfuku-ji was founded in 1236 by the imperial chancellor Kujō Michiie. He appointed the monk Enni […]

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by / on April 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Our Sunday Afternoon Visit to Chion-in (知恩院)!

Recently we took the time to visit the Gion district in Kyoto. Although we had been there several times before, we never had the opportunity to take video footage of the different sights. After going through the Yasaka shrine and Moriyama Park we found ourselves in front of the majestic gate of Chion-in, looming in front of us impressively. If […]

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by / on January 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto!

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺?), officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺?) is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site.[1] (It should not be confused with Kiyomizu-dera in Yasugi, Shimane, which is part of the 33-temple route of the Chūgoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage through western Japan.)

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