This Years 59th Aoi Matsuri: A few days ago, I attended the annual Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) in Kyoto City. I decided to go to the Shimogamo shrine as I wanted pictures without cars and busses. Found a good spot and waited for about 1 ½ hours. The Kyoto Shimbun carried an article of this years Saiō-Dai Lady (59th), she is […]Read more ›
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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 ›
Yabusame shinji (流鏑馬神事) is a type of mounted archery in which the rider shoots at a target from a galloping horse. Arrows with a turnip-shaped head are used. There is a theory that the etymology of the word Yabusame is a contraction of yabaseume and it is thought to mean to shoot arrows on horsback. Three targets are placed along […]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 ›
We visited Shimogamo Shrine on the same day as we did Kamigamo, since they both had festivals and are twin temples. The shrine is situated slightly more down towards the city in a beautiful forest with majestic trees that would make you think it would be an enjoyable place to visit in the summer. There is a torii leading to […]Read more ›