Baikasai!

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 February 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM / in Baikasai!, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Tea Ceremony at Kitano Tenman-gū In Kyoto!

Tea Ceremony: Today, February the 25th, was the annual “Baika-sai” Plum Blossom Viewing Festival at Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine (北野天満宮) in Kyoto. The high-lite is a Tea Ceremony performed by the geiko and maiko from the nearby Kamishichiken district. Very beautiful kimonos, so gracious too, a privilege to see. Although, to have the whipped green matcha tea and a sweet (wagashi), […]

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by / on March 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM / in Baikasai!, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Baikasai at Kitano Tenman Gu, Kyoto!

Kitano Tenman-gū is a Shinto shrine in Kamigyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. It was built in 947, to appease the angry spirit of bureaucrat, scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizane, who had been exiled as a result of political manoeuvres of his enemies in the Fujiwara clan. The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period. In 965, Emperor […]

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