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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 22, 2015 at 4:55 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hideyoshi ’s Sakura Party at Daigo-ji, Kyoto!

Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s Cherry Blossom Party at Daigo-ji in Kyoto: 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. The procession exits the Sanbō-in garden (三宝院) through the Karamon gate and makes it way via the Sandō (参道), the approach to the main area […]

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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 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 August 11, 2014 at 12:52 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kyoto WH, Nara WH

“Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill.

“Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill: A few days ago, I received my very own copy of “Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill, a British citizen living in Kyoto for a good many years. John has written many books about Japanese tradition, culture and religion, and this one is my favourite. This book covers all World Heritage sites […]

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by / on June 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM / in Kyoto WH, Minami-ku, Temples-Shrines, To - ji Temple

Tōji Temple: Guardian Bastion for Heian-kyō.

History of Tōji Temple: Tōji Temple (東寺) in the south-eastern part of Kyoto is a large complex with a history dating back more than a 1000 years ago. In the year 794 Emperor Kanmu moved the capital from Heijō-kyō (平城京-Nara) to Heian-kyō (平安京-Kyoto). He wanted to have two guardian temples to protect the new capital, one in the East and […]

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by / on June 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM / in Byodo - in Temple, Kyoto WH, Uji City

Byōdō-in: A World Heritage Site in Uji City, Kyoto.

Byōdō-in Newly renovated: Since March of this month, the Phoenix Hall (鳳凰堂) of Byōdō-in (平等院), was once again visible. For the past two years it was covered in scaffolding because of renovation. There is still a small part in the back that is still undergoing construction though. This fall the work should be completed. I was curious to see what […]

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