Temples-Shrines

by / on April 14, 2016 at 2:22 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Rice Cake Lifting Matsuri at Daigo-ji, Kyoto.

Rice Cake Lifting Matsuri: Every year, on February 23rd, the annual “Mochi age” (餅上げ) or “rice cake lifting” event is held at Daigo-ji Temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto City. The rice cake lifting event is the high lite of the Godairikison Ninno-e Ceremony (五大力尊仁王会) and attracts many visitors from all over Japan. This ceremony dates back to the reign of Emperor […]

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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 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Rozan-ji Setsubun Demon Dance in Kyoto City!

Rozan-ji Setsubun 2016 in Kyoto City: Rozan-ji Setsubun matsuri is held on February the 3rd in kyoto City. Spring is welcomed with a ritual called “Setsubun”. The Rozan-ji Setsubun matsuri “Demon Dance” is one of the most famous and unique Setsubun ceremonies in Kyoto. It was a cold gray day here in Kyoto and many people started to gather at Rozan-ji […]

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by / on September 8, 2015 at 7:13 PM / in Gourmet, Out Of The Box, Uji City

Yakiniku at Kaiun-tei in Uji, Kyoto-Japan!

Yakiniku: In search of It has been raining in Kyoto for the past several days and a typhoon is on its way, it is number 18. The summer heat has sub-sided and with it the quest for eating warmer tasting foods. Todays lunch choice was Yakiniku (焼き肉) as we set out to find a suitable diner near where we live. We […]

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by / on August 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM / in Obon, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines, Uncategorized

Hanase no Matsuage, A Fire Festival in Kyoto.

Obon in Kyoto: August, in Kyoto and Japan, is one of the hottest months of the year. Towards the middle of the month the Obon festival (お盆) is held and many people have some days off. In Kyoto the famous Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火) is the highlight of this festival when the five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding […]

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by / on July 23, 2015 at 6:24 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Out Of The Box

Kimono Fashion Show at Nishijin Center in Kyoto.

Nishijin Textile Center: Perhaps, Kyoto is most remembered for its World Heritage sites of Shrines, temples and gardens and it’s weaving technique is praised amongst the world’s finest. It stands to reason that the old capital of the Heian period was in need of master weavers to satisfy the needs of its aristocrats. There is still an area of Kyoto […]

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by / on July 6, 2015 at 4:07 PM / in Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Nagoshi-no-Harae at Kifune Shrine in Kyoto.

Summer Purification at Kifune shrine in Kyoto: The annual Nagoshi-no-harae (夏越の祓) or “Summer Purification” is celebrated at the end of the first 6 months of the year. Thus June 30th is a day when many people all over Japan visit a shrine to purify themselves from misdeeds and impurities. Most shrines set up a “chinowa” wreath and after a small […]

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