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by / on November 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM / in Out Of The Box

La Japonaise by Monet in Kyoto!

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and “La Japonaise”: On a windy, blustering day, my daughter and I visited an exhibition on Japonism at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. Japonism is, as described on Wikipedia, the influence of Japanese art, fashion, and aesthetics on Western culture; particularly, in this case, referring to impressionist art in the 19th century. The centrepiece […]

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by / on September 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM / in Kamigamo Jinja, Kita-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Karasu Sumō at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto!

Chrysanthemum Festival: On September 9, or the 9th day of the 9th month, is a special day for the Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto. They hold the annual “chōyō no sekku” (重陽) or Chrysanthemum Festival. After the Chrysanthemum ceremony in the main shrine, a priest holding a bow and arrow near the sand mounds, called “tatezuna”, in front of the Hosodono […]

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by / on September 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Senbon Shaka-dō, The Oldest Buddhist Hall in Kyoto!

Senbon Shaka-dō: A few days ago I visited the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple or Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kamigyo-ku ward of Kyoto. In my previous post the Reihōkan (霊宝殿) or treasure house was the focus. If you did not have a chance to take a look at the many artefacts and descriptions, you can do so by following this link: Buddhist […]

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by / on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines, Uncategorized

Buddhist Artefacts at the Senbon Shaka-dō in Kyoto.

Senbon Shaka-dō Temple: A few days ago, I visited the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) or Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kamigyo-ku ward of Kyoto. The Senbon Shaka-dō Temple was founded in 1227 and the main hall is the oldest structure in Kyoto. Reihōkan Treasure House: The Reihōkan, of Senbon Shaka-dō, is one of Kyoto’s finest treasure halls. Inside the Reihōkan treasure house […]

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by / on August 11, 2014 at 12:52 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kyoto WH, Nara WH

“Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill.

“Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill: A few days ago, I received my very own copy of “Japan’s World Heritage Sites” by John Dougill, a British citizen living in Kyoto for a good many years. John has written many books about Japanese tradition, culture and religion, and this one is my favourite. This book covers all World Heritage sites […]

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by / on June 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM / in Kyoto WH, Minami-ku, Temples-Shrines, To - ji Temple

Tōji Temple: Guardian Bastion for Heian-kyō.

History of Tōji Temple: Tōji Temple (東寺) in the south-eastern part of Kyoto is a large complex with a history dating back more than a 1000 years ago. In the year 794 Emperor Kanmu moved the capital from Heijō-kyō (平城京-Nara) to Heian-kyō (平安京-Kyoto). He wanted to have two guardian temples to protect the new capital, one in the East and […]

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by / on June 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM / in Byodo - in Temple, Kyoto WH, Uji City

Byōdō-in: A World Heritage Site in Uji City, Kyoto.

Byōdō-in Newly renovated: Since March of this month, the Phoenix Hall (鳳凰堂) of Byōdō-in (平等院), was once again visible. For the past two years it was covered in scaffolding because of renovation. There is still a small part in the back that is still undergoing construction though. This fall the work should be completed. I was curious to see what […]

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