Local Gems

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 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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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 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM / in Ide-cho, Local Gems

Taka-jinja: One of the One Hundred Famous Views of Kyoto!

A Few days ago I visited Taka-jinja. Right at the entrance there is a horse statue with a crest on its side. I don’t know the meaning of it though. As you go up the steep stairs (there are quite a few) you reach the main temple area. I was quite surprised to still find an original new-years celebratory dragon […]

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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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