Konpuku-ji and Matsuo Bashō: The Konpuku-ji Temple (金福寺) in Ichijōji, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto City, is one of the many temples in this area that is frequented by autumn lovers. There is another reason though, the famous haiku poet Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644 – 1694), used to have a small cottage here where he received his inspiration for his many poems. […]Read more ›
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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 ›
Situated in Uji City, Kyoto, the Ujigami shrine (宇治上神社) is dedicated to Emperor Oujin and Emperor Nintoku. The Ujigami shrine’s Honden (main hall) is Japan’s oldest architecture of late Heian period that exists today. It is listed as World Heritage as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Although its origin is unknown, according to a dendrochronology research, the […]Read more ›
Reestablished in 1648, Kōshō-ji Temple, with its white Chinese-style gate, reflects the solemn atmosphere of the Zen sect. The slope between the riverside and the temple is called Kotozaka, one of the 12 Beauty Spots of Uji. Here you can enjoy the tinted autumnal leaves. In 1233, after his return from his study mission to China, Dōgen Zenji founded the […]Read more ›
Last Friday (October 26) was such a nice autumn day here in Kyoto, I decided to walk around the Ujigawa River in Uji. Visited several historical places and shrines. Among them the Uji shrine by the Asagiri bridge. Here a little more about this shrine: When you pass through the shrine gate at the foot of the vermilion-coloured Asagiri Bridge, […]Read more ›
Kumano Nyakuoji Shrine is one of three Kumano shrines in Kyoto as well as Imakumano Jinja and Kumano Jinja and is located in the South end of Path of Philosophy. It is known as one of the three “Kumano” of Kyoto. It became a guardian shrine in “Nyakuoji” area. It was established by ex-emperor Go-Shirakawa in 1160 as a guardian shrine […]Read more ›
While visiting the Takao area of Kyoto I had some Sōmen noodles in a picturesque restaurant along side the Kiyotake River. It was a fine Autumn day and we where seated, Japanese style, by the open window, enjoying our meal and listening to the sound of the water and the occasional bird sitting nearby in some trees. I can highly recommend […]Read more ›