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 March 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM / in Joyo, Local Gems

Mito shrine in Joyo, Kyoto.

This shrine is located on the foot of Kounosu Mountain and was house to the local guardian god of the former Terada village which was located in this area. The gods worshiped here are Amaterasumeoome-kami, Takamimusubi-no-kami, and Wadatumitoyotamahime-no-mikoto. From accounts in the “Yamashiro-no-kuni Fudoki”, Mito Shrine was already built by the Nara Period. This shrine is also mentioned in the […]

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by / on February 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM / in Aodani Bairin, Featured, Joyo, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Aodani Bairin: Plum Blossom Matsuri in Joyo!

One often hears the people of Japan saying that among flowers, their favorite is the plum. In the hilly southern region of Joyo City one can find the Aodani Bairin; it is a name which has been known since old times and a place which is often visited by plum-watchers. Other than the natural attractions and beautiful landscape, there is […]

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