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by / on January 16, 2014 at 8:30 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

Shinzenkoji (新善光寺): Next Stop on the “Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage!

The next stop on our “Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage at the Sennyū-ji Temple (泉涌寺) is the Shinzenkoji Temple (新善光寺). Its just a little farther up the road and there is a slight sloop that leads to the entrance. On your left is a Senzan kindergarden which is part of the Shinzenkoji Temple. This temple, located on foot of the Tukinowasan […]

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by / on January 15, 2014 at 8:51 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

Red Bean Rice Porridge at the Kaikoji Temple!

Red Bean Rice Porridge  at the Kaikoji Temple (戒光寺) During the “Seven Deities of Good Luck” Pilgrimage at the Sennyū-ji Temple (泉涌寺) in Kyoto! The next stop of the “Seven Deities of Good Luck” Pilgrimage was the Kaikoji Temple (戒光寺), another sub-temple of the Sennyū-ji Temple (泉涌寺). From the behind the Sokujo-in Temple you can follow a narrow path that […]

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by / on January 13, 2014 at 9:05 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

The “Seven Deities of Good Luck” Pilgrimage at the Sennyū-ji Temple (泉涌寺) in Kyoto!

Today, I went to the “Seven Deities of Good Luck” journey at the Sennyū-ji Temple (泉涌寺) in Kyoto with members of the “Kyoto Tour Guide Club”. For almost two years now I have been an honorary member and attented their monthly activities. To make the event even more special, a TV crew of Kansai TV (channel 8 here in Kansai) […]

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by / on November 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto Gosho, Oikeniwa, Oikeniwa garden, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines

OikeNiwa Garden at the Kyoto Imperial Palace!

Japanese gardens are renowned for their simplicity and beauty and the Oikeniwa garden is one such example. It is a landscape garden and features a spacious pond with it’s strolling pathway around the pond. The front shoreline called Suhama is covered with pebbled stones and a path of large unevenly shaped stepping stones leads down to the water’s edge. Various […]

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by / on November 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM / in Kyōto Gosho, Out Of The Box

Kyoto Imperial Palace!

Last week Thursday the 1st day of November the Kyoto Imperial Palace held its annual autumn open door event. It was a fine day and I took the opportunity to go for a visit. I wasn’t the only one with that idea though. The entrance was very busy and more and more groups where arriving in typical Japanese fashion, a […]

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by / on November 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM / in Featured, Gonaitei, Kyōto Gosho

Gonaitei Garden in Kyoto Goshou!

This is the Gonaitei Garden, it is the Emperor’s private garden. The meandering stream flowing through the garden is spanned by earthen, stone and wooden bridges. At the bottom right of the garden, there is a tea house called Kintai. See the other pictures of the Kyoto Imperial Palace here! The Emperor’s Private Garden: Gonaitei!

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by / on October 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM / in Kibune, Out Of The Box

Tamayori Hime Built Oku-no Miya in Kibune!

If you walk all the way up the Kibune Road, roughly about 200 meters or so, one of the original great yorishiro, you will see a great tree surrounded by a sacred rope called shimenawa. This pine tree is grown from a single root and is a Double trunk or twin trunked tree. It’s been said, it’s a symbol of […]

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