Places of interest

by / on May 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM / in Higashiyama, Local Gems, Places of interest

Sokujoin Temple Founded in 992!

Sokujoin Temple Founded in 992!, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: The origin of this temple is believed to date back to 992 when the noted priest Eshin of Enryakuji Temple (Mt. Hiei) built Komyoin temple in Fushimi in the south of Kyoto. During the second half of the 11th century, Toshitsuna Tachibana, son of Yorimichi Fujiwara, the highest ranked […]

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by / on October 19, 2011 at 12:12 PM / in Places of interest, The Shuon'an Ikkyuji Temple

The Shuon’an Ikkyuji Temple Home of the Quick Witted Ikkyu san!

Ikkyu-ji, formally known as the Shuon’an Ikkyu-ji, is a temple dedicated to the famous Zen priest Ikkyu-zenji who rebuilt the temple – which was known as Myosho-ji, built by the high priest Daio-kokushu, at the time – and renamed it Shuon’an in the year 1456, 124 years after it was destroyed in the war of 1331. Ikkyu-zenji (1394-1481) lived the […]

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by / on April 8, 2011 at 10:08 PM / in Places of interest

Sakura-Cherry blossom viewing! Best of the best 2011! Kyoto and Nara

Hanami (lit. “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms or ume blossoms. From the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan, and around the first of February on the island of Okinawa. The blossom forecast (sakurazensen, literally cherry blossom front) is […]

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