Matsuri-Festival

by / on April 22, 2015 at 4:55 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hideyoshi ’s Sakura Party at Daigo-ji, Kyoto!

Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s Cherry Blossom Party at Daigo-ji in Kyoto: The annual Hō-Taikō Hanami Gyōretsu (Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s cherry blossom viewing parade – 豊太閤花見行列) was held at Daigo-ji temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto, on the 12th of April. The procession exits the Sanbō-in garden (三宝院) through the Karamon gate and makes it way via the Sandō (参道), the approach to the main area […]

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by / on April 17, 2015 at 5:14 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Bugaku at Hideyoshi’s Sakura Party in Kyoto.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Cherry Blossom Parade: The annual Hō-Taikō Hanami Gyōretsu (Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s cherry blossom viewing parade – 豊太閤花見行列) was held at Daigo-ji temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto, on the 12th of April. While Hideyoshi and his entourage sat on the steps of the Kondō Hall (金堂), different performances where held. One of these was a Bugaku (舞楽) mythical lion dance to […]

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by / on February 12, 2015 at 9:22 PM / in Matsuri-Festival, Nakagyo-ku, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at Mibu-dera in Kyoto.

Setsubun at Mibu-dera: The annual setsubun festival is grand event ushering in spring and casting out evil in return for good fortune for the coming year. Although many shrines and temples hold their own version of the setsubun festival, some here in Kyoto have elaborate events. Mibu-dera (壬生寺), in the heart of the old Heiyan capital, is one of those […]

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by / on February 2, 2015 at 10:09 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!

Setsubun at Yasaka shrine: Today is the first day of the Setsubun Matsuri and annual “bean trowing” events are held in Kyoto. I attended the first show at Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) that started at 13.00pm. Maiko from the Pontochō kabu-kai (先斗町歌舞会) did a traditional dance accompanied by ladies playing the shamisen (三味線). After the dance the maiko and shrine priests […]

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by / on January 29, 2015 at 5:04 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!

Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine: On Sunday, the 3rd of February (2013), the yearly Setsubun festival was held at the Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) in Kyoto! Many people had gathered around the Kaguraden (神楽殿) for the musicians and dancers of the Yasaka Gagaku-kai (弥栄雅楽会) to start their sacred Bugaku (舞楽) court dance. Four ladies in traditional Buddhist costumes performed a traditional […]

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by / on January 14, 2015 at 3:23 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Shogatsu, Temples-Shrines

Tōka Ebisu Matsuri, at the Ebisu shrine in Kyoto.

Tōka Ebisu Matsuri: One of the first festivals in Kyoto is the Tōka Ebisu Matsuri. Although it is celebrated at many Ebisu shrines, the one at the Ebisu Shrine (ゑびす神社) in the Gion district of Kyoto is popular with many people. Other famous locations in the Kansai area are Osaka’s Imamiya Shrine (今宮戎神社) and Hyogo Prefecture’s Nishinomiya shrine (西宮神社). Kyoto’s […]

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by / on December 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Shogatsu, Temples-Shrines

New Years Preparation in Kitano Tenman-gū.

New-Years Preparation: As 2014 draws to a close, Shrines and temples are busily preparing for the influx of people that will come to pray and buy lucky charms for the new-year. Many Shrines in Kyoto have large ema tablets with the new-years zodiac sign displayed in their precincts. The year of the Sheep: 2015 is the year of the sheep […]

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