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by / on September 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM / in Kamigamo Jinja, Kita-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Karasu Sumō at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto!

Chrysanthemum Festival: On September 9, or the 9th day of the 9th month, is a special day for the Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto. They hold the annual “chōyō no sekku” (重陽) or Chrysanthemum Festival. After the Chrysanthemum ceremony in the main shrine, a priest holding a bow and arrow near the sand mounds, called “tatezuna”, in front of the Hosodono […]

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by / on January 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM / in Gourmet, Kita-ku, Temples-Shrines

Aburi-mochi at the Imamiya Shrine in Kyoto!

A 1000 year old Shrine: A few days ago, while visiting Daitoku temple in Northern Kyoto. I stumbled upon a Imamiya Shrine. It was rapidly getting dark and the paper lanterns, new-years decorations on the Kaguraden, where glowing in the dark. There where still some worshipers who came to pray for blessings in the coming year. There are two entrances […]

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM / in Kamigamo Jinja, Kita-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Tsukemono at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto!

A few days ago, I went to the Kamigamo Shrine (上賀茂神社), a World Heritage Site in Kyoto. As you enter the inner shrine on your left are series of pickle presses lined up and a little tent with the finished product in festive barrels as an offering to the shrine by the local farmers. The pickles inside the barrels, are […]

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by / on January 1, 2013 at 6:20 PM / in Gourmet, Kita-ku, Temples-Shrines, Tsukemono

Old fashioned pickling at the Kamigamo shrine.

This is a pickle press at the Kamigamo shrine in kyoto. Tsukemono (漬物,”pickled things”) are Japanese preserved vegetables. A tsukemonoki (漬物器), literally vessel for pickled things, is a Japanese pickle press. The pressure is generated by heavy stones called tsukemonoishi (漬物石) with a weight of one to two kilograms, sometimes more. The weights are either stone or metal. One of […]

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by / on January 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM / in Kita-ku, Temples-Shrines

Hirano Jinja (平野神社): Emperor Kazan’s Favorite Cherry Tree Garden!

This shrine was moved to Kyoto from the Heijo capital of Nara when the capital was transferred to Kyoto. In the middle of the Heian period (794-1192), this shrine was regarded as a highly prestigious shrine ranking only after Ise Shrine, Kamo Shrines (Kamigamo and Shimogamo Shrines), Iwashimizu-hachimangu Shrine, and Matsuo Shrine. It is famous for cherry blossoms. As court […]

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by / on February 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM / in Kamigamo Jinja, Kita-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Kamigamo Shrine: A World Heritage Site in Kyoto!

On the day that we went to Kamigamo shrine there happened to be the added bonus of a bustling flea market which comes every Sunday. This added extra ambiance to our visit, as there were lots of people. Being still January, it was cold, and there was some snow on the roofs of the temples. Kamigamo is situated in the […]

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by / on January 31, 2011 at 4:34 PM / in Kinkaku-ji, Kita-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Kinkaku-ji: Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu’s Villa!

Going to Kinkaku-ji recently in late autumn was a feast for the eyes. Although the momiji season was running at its end, there was still beauty in the landscape. After arriving at the parking grounds (huge) we followed the many visitors towards the temple. We entered a walkway bordered of with trees and on our left was a wooden construction […]

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