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 […]Read more ›
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A few days ago, I went to the Kamigamo Shrine (上賀茂神社), a World Heritage Site in Kyoto. As you enter the inner shrine on your left are series of pickle presses lined up and a little tent with the finished product in festive barrels as an offering to the shrine by the local farmers. The pickles inside the barrels, are […]Read more ›
Shōgatsu or New-Years is an important time for Japanese people and there are many customs and traditions to be observed. Some shinto shrines display large “Ema” (絵馬) in their precincts. Ema (絵馬) are votive tablets (an object offered in fulfilment of a vow) bearing illustrations of horses or other scenes offered at shrines and temples. This year is the “year […]Read more ›
This is a pickle press at the Kamigamo shrine in kyoto. Tsukemono (漬物,”pickled things”) are Japanese preserved vegetables. A tsukemonoki (漬物器), literally vessel for pickled things, is a Japanese pickle press. The pressure is generated by heavy stones called tsukemonoishi (漬物石) with a weight of one to two kilograms, sometimes more. The weights are either stone or metal. One of […]Read more ›
In the festival’s parade, ladies dressed in the ceremonial court robes and men in traditional costumes ride on ox carriages decorated with wisteria leaves (normally used by noblemen in the Heian period). There are 36 horses, 4 oxen, 2 ox carriages, 1 mikoshi ,and over 500 people forming the Imperial procession, making it one of the most elaborate and colorful […]Read more ›
On the day that we went to Kamigamo shrine there happened to be the added bonus of a bustling flea market which comes every Sunday. This added extra ambiance to our visit, as there were lots of people. Being still January, it was cold, and there was some snow on the roofs of the temples. Kamigamo is situated in the […]Read more ›