Local Gems

by / on March 21, 2014 at 9:18 PM / in Aodani Bairin, Baikasai!, Joyo, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Plum Blossom in Joyo City: Aodani Bairin!

Spring is almost here and its time to celebrate! Soon the sakura season will commence and Kyoto, and for that matter every town big or small, will be packed with people enjoying the start of spring. Before that though, there is another matsuri that is held all over the country, the plum blossom festival or the bairin matsuri. A few […]

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by / on December 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM / in Featured, Joyo, Local Gems

Twinkle Joyo-Christmas Illumination!

In our hometown of Joyo, there is a December tradition of lighting up the local sports park with 550,000 light bulbs of all colours and in all shapes. Starting from the first of December till Christmas Day – 5:30 in the evening to 9:30 at night – numerous groups have made their mark with lights, building Christmas trees and draping […]

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by / on May 28, 2012 at 2:42 PM / in Higashiyama, Local Gems

The strolling garden of Gansui-no-niwa in Raigo-in Temple!

The strolling garden of Gansui-no-niwa in Raigo-in Temple!, a set on Flickr. One of the sub-temples of Sennyu-ji temple, Raigo-in temple, was reportedly founded by Fujiwara Nobufusa when the court noble became a devout believer in Rev. Gatsuo, the 4th generation abbot of the Sennyu-ji temple, and donated a sub-temple to the high priest. The wooden sitting image of Kojin […]

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by / on May 28, 2012 at 6:56 AM / in Higashiyama, Local Gems, Uncategorized

Hiden-in Temple: Imperial Temple for Prayer!

Hiden-in Temple: Imperial Temple for Prayer!, a set on Flickr. One of the sub-temples of Sennyuji Tmeple, “Hiden-in” was originally a welfare facility for the needy, elderly and orphaned children, and was built in the capital city like Nara before Kyoto became the capital in 794. During the Heian period (794-1192) two Hiden-in existed, one in the East, and the […]

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by / on May 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM / in Higashiyama, Local Gems

Kaikoji Temple Founded by Saint Donsho Ninritsu!

Kaikoji Temple Founded by Saint Donsho Ninritsu!, a set on Flickr. Saint Donsho Ninritsu constructed Kaikoji Temple, which is one of the subtemples of Sennyuji Temple, on the West side of Kyoto Station in 1228 after he came back to Japan from China (called Song in those days). After that, the temple was relocated a number of times. It has […]

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by / on May 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM / in Higashiyama, Local Gems, Places of interest

Sokujoin Temple Founded in 992!

Sokujoin Temple Founded in 992!, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: The origin of this temple is believed to date back to 992 when the noted priest Eshin of Enryakuji Temple (Mt. Hiei) built Komyoin temple in Fushimi in the south of Kyoto. During the second half of the 11th century, Toshitsuna Tachibana, son of Yorimichi Fujiwara, the highest ranked […]

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Ide-cho, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Sakura on The Banks of the Tama River!

There are around 500 cherry trees, which are illuminated at night, on the bank of the Tama River. Under the trees, many festival booths organized by various groups stand side by side and attract many people. The Sakura is in full bloom here and perhaps will last another week. This Sakura spot has a light up. It’s on the JR […]

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