Shimogamo Jinja

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 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 June 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM / in Aoi Matsuri, Kamigamo Jinja, Matsuri-Festival, Shimogamo Jinja

Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) in the Old Heian Capital of Japan, Kyoto!

In the festival’s parade, ladies dressed in the ceremonial court robes and men in traditional costumes ride on ox carriages decorated with wisteria leaves (normally used by noblemen in the Heian period). There are 36 horses, 4 oxen, 2 ox carriages, 1 mikoshi ,and over 500 people forming the Imperial procession, making it one of the most elaborate and colorful […]

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by / on February 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM / in Featured, Kyoto WH, Sakyō-ku, Shimogamo Jinja, Temples-Shrines

Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto: Founded in the 6th Century!

We visited Shimogamo Shrine on the same day as we did Kamigamo, since they both had festivals and are twin temples. The shrine is situated slightly more down towards the city in a beautiful forest with majestic trees that would make you think it would be an enjoyable place to visit in the summer. There is a torii leading to […]

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