Matsuri-Festival

by / on December 11, 2017 at 7:06 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Kita-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Iwato-ochiba-jinja and the Fallen Golden Yellow Gingko Trees Leafs in Kyoto.

Iwato-ochiba-jinja, an unspoiled spot in Kyoto: In late November, I ventured out to the north of Kyoto, deep in the mountains of Kitayama to visit the Iwato-ochiba-jinja (岩戸落葉神社). This more than 1.000-year-old Shinto shrine is famous for its golden yellow colored ginkgo leafs. It’s not so easily accessible which means not so many people and lots of time to enjoy […]

Read more ›
by / on November 14, 2017 at 6:49 PM / in Adashino Nenbutsu, Arashiyama, Autumn-Momiji, Gio-ji, Higashiyama-ku, Hokyo-in, Jojakko-ji temple, Kamigyō-ku, Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Nison-in, Nonomiya-jinja, Otagi Nenbutsu, Sakyō-ku, Seiryo-ji, Temples-Shrines, Tenryu-ji, Tenryū-ji

3 Days of Autumn Bliss, A Carefully Selected Travel Planner.

Three Days of Autumn Bliss in Kyoto! A few days ago, I posted my first travel guide book to Kindle and iBooks. I have carefully selected some of Kyoto’s most scenic autumn spots. This guide book will take you on a three day trip through the ancients streets of Kyoto. On day 1, we’ll walk along the Higashiyama range and downtown […]

Read more ›
by / on June 18, 2016 at 3:35 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Azuma Asobi, Heian Style Dance at Yasaka Shrine.

Azuma Asobi, the annual Reisai Ceremony at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto: The Azuma Asobi Dance is held every year, on June 15th, during the annual Reisai (例祭) ceremony at Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社) in Kyoto. When I arrived at Yasaka shrine, the Honden (本殿) was festively decorated and members of the Yasaka shrine community where entering to attend the ceremony. On […]

Read more ›
by / on April 14, 2016 at 2:22 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Rice Cake Lifting Matsuri at Daigo-ji, Kyoto.

Rice Cake Lifting Matsuri: Every year, on February 23rd, the annual “Mochi age” (餅上げ) or “rice cake lifting” event is held at Daigo-ji Temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto City. The rice cake lifting event is the high lite of the Godairikison Ninno-e Ceremony (五大力尊仁王会) and attracts many visitors from all over Japan. This ceremony dates back to the reign of Emperor […]

Read more ›
by / on February 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Rozan-ji Setsubun Demon Dance in Kyoto City!

Rozan-ji Setsubun 2016 in Kyoto City: Rozan-ji Setsubun matsuri is held on February the 3rd in kyoto City. Spring is welcomed with a ritual called “Setsubun”. The Rozan-ji Setsubun matsuri “Demon Dance” is one of the most famous and unique Setsubun ceremonies in Kyoto. It was a cold gray day here in Kyoto and many people started to gather at Rozan-ji […]

Read more ›
by / on February 4, 2016 at 6:37 PM / in Kyoto-Fu, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Yawata

Demons at Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū in Yawata, Kyoto.

Driving out Demons” matsuri, My journey: Driving out Demons: last Sunday, January 31st, was a beautiful sunny winters day here in Kyoto. It was also the start of the setsubun (節分) matsuri season, different events will be held on February second and third. Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū (石清水八幡宮) in Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture is holding their annual Oni yarai hito (鬼やらい人) or […]

Read more ›
by / on August 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM / in Obon, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines, Uncategorized

Hanase no Matsuage, A Fire Festival in Kyoto.

Obon in Kyoto: August, in Kyoto and Japan, is one of the hottest months of the year. Towards the middle of the month the Obon festival (お盆) is held and many people have some days off. In Kyoto the famous Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火) is the highlight of this festival when the five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding […]

Read more ›