Azuma Asobi, the annual Reisai Ceremony at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto: The Azuma Asobi Dance is held every year, on June 15th, during the annual Reisai (例祭) ceremony at Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社) in Kyoto. When I arrived at Yasaka shrine, the Honden (本殿) was festively decorated and members of the Yasaka shrine community where entering to attend the ceremony. On […]Read more ›
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Driving out Demons” matsuri, My journey: Driving out Demons: last Sunday, January 31st, was a beautiful sunny winters day here in Kyoto. It was also the start of the setsubun (節分) matsuri season, different events will be held on February second and third. Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū (石清水八幡宮) in Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture is holding their annual Oni yarai hito (鬼やらい人) or […]Read more ›
Summer Purification at Kifune shrine in Kyoto: The annual Nagoshi-no-harae (夏越の祓) or “Summer Purification” is celebrated at the end of the first 6 months of the year. Thus June 30th is a day when many people all over Japan visit a shrine to purify themselves from misdeeds and impurities. Most shrines set up a “chinowa” wreath and after a small […]Read more ›
Kitano Tenman-gū: Many a times I have been to Kitano Tenman-gū in the northern part of Kyoto. Most Japanese people associate the shrine with Sugawara no Michizane (菅原道真) the scholar, poet, and politician of Japan’s Heian Period (794 to 1185). Michizane is perhaps also the most popular figure from Japanese history revered by students, who come here to pray for […]Read more ›
Tōka Ebisu Matsuri: One of the first festivals in Kyoto is the Tōka Ebisu Matsuri. Although it is celebrated at many Ebisu shrines, the one at the Ebisu Shrine (ゑびす神社) in the Gion district of Kyoto is popular with many people. Other famous locations in the Kansai area are Osaka’s Imamiya Shrine (今宮戎神社) and Hyogo Prefecture’s Nishinomiya shrine (西宮神社). Kyoto’s […]Read more ›
Hitaki Sai: Today, November the 8th, was the annual Hitaki Sai (火焚祭) Fire Festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto. As usual the Fushimi Inari shrine is crowded with people from all over. Today was no difference though, the weather was kind of nice and many people where lining up to get a good spot at the festival site. […]Read more ›
The East Side of Yasaka Shrine: In this entry on Yasaka shrine well tale a look at some of the sub-shrines on the East side of the shrine grounds. When you walk towards the Maruyama park on your right is a colourful shrine dedicated to the “Inari Gods” it goes by the name of Tamamitsu Shrine (玉光稲荷社). During festivals its […]Read more ›