Kyoto WH

by / on May 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM / in Aoi Matsuri, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Shimogamo Jinja

Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) 2014 in Kyoto City.

This Years 59th Aoi Matsuri: A few days ago, I attended the annual Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) in Kyoto City. I decided to go to the Shimogamo shrine as I wanted pictures without cars and busses. Found a good spot and waited for about 1 ½ hours. The Kyoto Shimbun carried an article of this years Saiō-Dai Lady (59th), she is […]

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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 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Kamigamo Jinja, Nishikyō-ku, Shimogamo Jinja, Shimogyō-ku, Temples-Shrines, Yamashina-ku

New-Years -2014- Celebrations in Kyoto!

Shōgatsu or New-Years is an important time for Japanese people and there are many customs and traditions to be observed. Some shinto shrines display large “Ema” (絵馬) in their precincts. Ema (絵馬) are votive tablets (an object offered in fulfilment of a vow) bearing illustrations of horses or other scenes offered at shrines and temples. This year is the “year […]

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by / on July 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM / in Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines, Uji City, Ujigami Jinja

Ujigami Shrine, Along the “Rekishi Kaido” in Uji City, Kyoto!

Situated in Uji City, Kyoto, the Ujigami shrine (宇治上神社) is dedicated to Emperor Oujin and Emperor Nintoku. The Ujigami shrine’s Honden (main hall) is Japan’s oldest architecture of late Heian period that exists today. It is listed as World Heritage as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Although its origin is unknown, according to a dendrochronology research, the […]

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by / on April 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM / in Featured, Ginkaku – ji, Kyoto, Kyoto WH, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺) “The Silver Pavilion”!

Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺 “Temple of the Silver Pavilion”), officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺 “Temple of Shining Mercy”), is a Zen temple in the Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan. This temple has been known as the Higashiyama-den (Higashiyama Palace) of the eight Ashikaga Shogun Yoshimasa. After his death, it was converted into this temple in accordance with his will. The two-storied Kannon-den (観音殿), is the […]

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by / on January 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM / in Featured, Kyoto WH, Ninna-ji temple, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Ninna-ji Temple Founded in AD 888 By Emperor Uda!

After visiting Ryoan-ji temple we made our way to the Ninna-ji temple which is a short 20 minutes walk along a scenic road. You could also take a bus or taxi. Like Ryoan-ji, Ninna-ji is a large compound of which the Nio-mon gate is one of the most impressive structure I have seen. It is huge and is flanked by […]

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by / on January 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM / in Featured, Kyoto WH, Ryōan-ji Temple, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Temple of the Mandarin Ducks: Ryōan-ji.

Last year during the autumn season, I visited the Ryōan-ji Temple (龍安寺) in the north of Kyoto. The temple is situated along a mountain range and is in walking distance of the Kinkaku-ji temple. This area of Kyoto is very scenic and attracts a lot of visitors from all over. Unlike Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji is more spacious and a more relaxed […]

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