Matsuri-Festival

by / on November 4, 2011 at 8:37 PM / in Jidai Matsuri, Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Jidai Matsuri: Festival of Ages in Kyoto City!

Jidai Matsuri is one of Kyoto’s Big Three festivals, the other two being Aoi Matsuri and Gion Matsuri. Jidai Matsuri is always held on October the 22nd (though the actual festivities begin on October the 15th), which is what many see as Kyoto’s birthday, as that is the day that Emperor Kanmu, in the year 794, moved the capital from […]

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by / on June 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM / in Aoi Matsuri, Kamigamo Jinja, Matsuri-Festival, Shimogamo Jinja

Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) in the Old Heian Capital of Japan, Kyoto!

In the festival’s parade, ladies dressed in the ceremonial court robes and men in traditional costumes ride on ox carriages decorated with wisteria leaves (normally used by noblemen in the Heian period). There are 36 horses, 4 oxen, 2 ox carriages, 1 mikoshi ,and over 500 people forming the Imperial procession, making it one of the most elaborate and colorful […]

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by / on April 30, 2011 at 9:22 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Matsuri-Festival, Nara WH, Todaiji Temple

Tōdai-ji or the “Eastern Great Temple” in Nara.

Floods of people pass through the entrance to of Tōdai-ji everyday, all there to enjoy the amazing sights of . The entrance path is lined with several colorful souvenir shops and is the pit stop for rickshaw carts. You can usually see deer wandering the streets freely, so make sure that all pamphlets and anything made of paper is hidden securely away […]

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by / on April 8, 2011 at 8:30 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Matsuri-Festival, Nara-City

Weeping Sakura in Himuro Shrine in Nara!

Yesterday me and my spouse went to Nara, our objective was to visit some famous world heritage sites and see some of the most beautiful Sakura blossoms. We were not to be disappointed, not only was a able to take some gorgeous shots, with my video camera I was able to take some breath taking footage! Amongst the shrines we […]

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by / on February 4, 2011 at 10:24 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun in Kitano Tenman-gu, Kyoto, Japan.

Today, February the 3rd, was the day of the Setsubun Festival which we visited at Kitano tenman-gu. Setsubun literally means ‘seasonal division’, and it celebrates the passage from winter into spring. The most famous custom of Setsubun is the Mame-maki, or Bean Throwing, where people throw dried beans at people dressed in oni masks or out the door to purify […]

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