Matsuri-Festival

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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by / on December 10, 2014 at 10:55 AM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Nanzen-ji in Kyoto, The Sanmon Gate.

Autumn at Nanzen-ji Temple: The autumn season, here in Kyoto, has come to an end and peace has returned to the city. Several years ago I visited the Nanzen-ji Temple grounds (南禅寺) during the autumn season. This year I wanted to go back and climb up the stairs of the majestic Sanmon Gate (三門) of Nanzen-ji (南禅寺). If you take […]

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by / on November 20, 2014 at 9:36 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines, Yamashina-ku

Dainichi-dō in Kyoto, during Autumn 2014!

Today, I drove along the Higashiyama driveway and took a look at the Shōgunzuka Dainichi-dō (将軍塚大日堂). Since October of this year the temple has re-opened after a year long renovation. What before was a dirt and gravel area in front of the main hall is now a neatly trimmed small mound with maple trees and grass, and a smoothly finished […]

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by / on November 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Autumn at Eikan-dō in Kyoto.

Autumn in Kyoto: Autumn in Kyoto is always an extraordinary event, bringing people from all over the world, to experience the beautiful maple colours in an exquisite setting. Amongst the favourites is Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji (永観堂禅林寺) gardens in Northern Kyoto. It’s conveniently located along the well know Philosophers path and there are several more popular autumn spots in the vicinity. Eikan-dō […]

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by / on November 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM / in Fushimi-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hitaki Sai Festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Hitaki Sai: Today, November the 8th, was the annual Hitaki Sai (火焚祭) Fire Festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto. As usual the Fushimi Inari shrine is crowded with people from all over. Today was no difference though, the weather was kind of nice and many people where lining up to get a good spot at the festival site. […]

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by / on October 16, 2014 at 11:51 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Konpuku-ji: Autumn Nostalgia in Kyoto.

Konpuku-ji and Matsuo Bashō: The Konpuku-ji Temple (金福寺) in Ichijōji, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto City, is one of the many temples in this area that is frequented by autumn lovers. There is another reason though, the famous haiku poet Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644 – 1694), used to have a small cottage here where he received his inspiration for his many poems. […]

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by / on October 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Enkō-ji in Kyoto During the Autumn of 2013!

Autumn in Sakyo-ku: Perhaps one of the most famous seasons of the year for people in Kyoto and, taking in considerations the many foreigners travelling to Kyoto for this event, this is perhaps the grandest event here in Kyoto. A Japanese friend told me they had to book several months in advance to find a hotel room in Kyoto. The […]

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