by / on April 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Chushojima, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Cherry Blossoms in Chushojima, Kyoto!

This is near the Kyo-Bashi bridge in Fushimi and this River (Uji River) was constructed in 1594. Toyotomi Hideyoshi built the inland river port and modified the Uji River to enable transportation of building materials. Today you can get a ride on these pleasure boats called in olden times Sanjikkoku and enjoy a splendid view of the cherry blossoms that […]

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by / on February 11, 2012 at 10:36 PM / in Chushojima, Local Gems

Gokonomiya Jinja: The Sweet-Smelling Temple!

Though it is uncertain when Gokou-guu was built, there are records of it being restored in 862. According to legend, in this year, there was a sweet-smelling spring in the temple grounds, and if you drank from that spring you would be healed of all your diseases. Because of this, the emperor of that time, Emperor Seiwa called it Gokou-guu […]

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by / on February 8, 2012 at 12:45 PM / in Chushojima, Historical Events, History Today, Local Gems

Ryoma Sakamoto: A True Japanese Visionary!

The last historical building I went to visit was the Teradaya Inn, the site of a failed attempt on the life of one in 1866 of the most idealized and popular figures in Japanese history, Sakamoto Ryoma. Ryoma’s life was short but profound; he almost singlehandedly overthrew what he thought to be the oppressive Tokugawa Shogunate and helped with incorporating […]

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by / on February 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM / in Chushojima, Fushimi-ku, Historical Events, History Today, Local Gems, Temples-Shrines

Fushimi-Momoyama Castle: Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Hide-out!

Fushimi-Momoyama Castle: Fushimi-Momoyama Castle also known as Momoyama Castle or Fushimi-Momoyama Castle. Fushimi-Momoyama Castle is located on a hill, in other words a hilltop castle, which is known in Japanese as a ‘Teikakushiki’. Through numerous instances of being built, burned, and then rebuilt again – even dismantled and scattered throughout Kyoto – this modern replica was built in 1964 and […]

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by / on February 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM / in Chushojima, Local Gems

Genkuji Temple in Chushojima, Kyoto!

While walking around the Chushojima area a little while ago, I came across this small Buddhist temple, just a few meters of the main arcade in a small side street. Here a little more about its rich history: Also known as Hokaizan, this Jodo shu (Pure Land school of Japanese Buddhism) temple numbers one of the 25 temples of Enko […]

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