Byakugo-ji history and quick facts: Byakugo-ji (白毫寺), a Buddhist temple situated at the foot of Mt. Takamado, in Nara City, Japan. It is believed to have been originally built as the villa of Prince Shiki (志貴皇子), the father of Emperor Kōnin (光仁天皇), and a famous poet from the 7th to 8th century. Prince Shiki’s father was the 38th Emperor of […]Read more ›
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Rice Cake Lifting Matsuri: Every year, on February 23rd, the annual “Mochi age” (餅上げ) or “rice cake lifting” event is held at Daigo-ji Temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto City. The rice cake lifting event is the high lite of the Godairikison Ninno-e Ceremony (五大力尊仁王会) and attracts many visitors from all over Japan. This ceremony dates back to the reign of Emperor […]Read more ›
Autumn in Kyoto: Autumn in Kyoto is always an extraordinary event, bringing people from all over the world, to experience the beautiful maple colours in an exquisite setting. Amongst the favourites is Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji (永観堂禅林寺) gardens in Northern Kyoto. It’s conveniently located along the well know Philosophers path and there are several more popular autumn spots in the vicinity. Eikan-dō […]Read more ›
White day in Japan: Today is “White Day” here in Japan and for those who do not know what this meaneth, well, it’s the opposite of Valentine’s Day. On Valentine’s Day “Girls-Ladies and wife’s” give to us “men” chocolate. Cool right? Well, on White day we need to return that favor.For the occasion, I went with my wife to a […]Read more ›
Kikō-ji Temple in Nara: Last week Friday, while cycling around the Saidaiji area of Nara, I visited the Kikō-ji Temple (喜光寺). This old temple, dating back to 721 AD is also known as Sugawara-dera. Kikō-ji Temple was founded by Priest Gyōk (行基). An impressive Nandaimon or South Gate (南大門) is the entrance. Two fierce looking Kongōrikishi (金剛力士) or Niō (仁王) […]Read more ›
“Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage at Ho-on-in (法音院): This is the seventh and last stop of the “Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage at Ho-on-in (法音院) a sub temple of the Sennyū-ji Temple complex (泉涌寺) in Kyoto! The deity that is enshrined here is Jurōjin (寿老人) one of the “Seven Lucky Gods”. Who is Jurōjin (寿老人): Jurōjin, according to Wikipedia is “is the […]Read more ›
Moving on from Sennyū-ji Temple, we skipped Unryu-in (雲龍院) which is the fifth stop of the “Seven Lucky Gods” Pilgrimage. The grouped I was with didn’t have time anymore to go there, so we moved on to the Hiden-in (悲田院), the sixth stop and a short walk away. Hiden-in (悲田院) is also a sub temple of the Sennyū-ji Temple complex […]Read more ›