Temples-Shrines

by / on April 17, 2015 at 5:14 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Bugaku at Hideyoshi’s Sakura Party in Kyoto.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Cherry Blossom Parade: The annual Hō-Taikō Hanami Gyōretsu (Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s cherry blossom viewing parade – 豊太閤花見行列) was held at Daigo-ji temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto, on the 12th of April. While Hideyoshi and his entourage sat on the steps of the Kondō Hall (金堂), different performances where held. One of these was a Bugaku (舞楽) mythical lion dance to […]

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by / on February 22, 2015 at 4:57 PM / in Gourmet, Sakyō-ku

Kyoto-style Ramen Restaurant: Chin’yū.

Chin’yū’s Chinese Soba: Chin’yū (珍遊) is a Kyoto-style ramen restaurant that is famous for its rich broth. There are always many people lining up during lunch time, it’s quite normal to see 30 or more hungry ramen lovers lining up. I went to the main store after lunch time and skipped the waiting part. There is another store near the […]

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by / on February 18, 2015 at 11:17 AM / in Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Kitano Tenman-gū, in Kyoto.

Kitano Tenman-gū: Many a times I have been to Kitano Tenman-gū in the northern part of Kyoto. Most Japanese people associate the shrine with Sugawara no Michizane (菅原道真) the scholar, poet, and politician of Japan’s Heian Period (794 to 1185). Michizane is perhaps also the most popular figure from Japanese history revered by students, who come here to pray for […]

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by / on February 13, 2015 at 1:25 PM / in Historical Events, History Today, Nakagyo-ku, Temples-Shrines

Shinsengumi and Kondō Isami in Kyoto.

Yagi Residence: When you walk from Shijō-Dōri (四条通), towards the Mibu-dera temple, on your right on Bōjō Dōri (坊城通), is the old Yagi Residence (八木邸). It is located a little off the main road and a colourful shop is in front. The Mibu area used to be a small farming village and the Yagi family had sushi status. Therefore they […]

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by / on February 12, 2015 at 9:22 PM / in Matsuri-Festival, Nakagyo-ku, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at Mibu-dera in Kyoto.

Setsubun at Mibu-dera: The annual setsubun festival is grand event ushering in spring and casting out evil in return for good fortune for the coming year. Although many shrines and temples hold their own version of the setsubun festival, some here in Kyoto have elaborate events. Mibu-dera (壬生寺), in the heart of the old Heiyan capital, is one of those […]

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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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