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by / on January 9, 2018 at 6:09 PM / in Nara Ken, Nara Prefecture

Tenkawa Daibenzaiten-sha, Deep in the Mountains of Nara-ken.

Tenkawa Daibenzaiten-sha: Our Journey into the Ōmine Mountains of Nara Prefecture. Tenkawa Daibenzaiten-sha our journey begins. During the first few days of the new year, Japanese people visit local and famous shrines, this is called Hatsumōde (初詣). I went with my family to a famous shrine in Nara Prefecture. It’s a small three-hour drive from Kyoto. After exiting the highway our […]

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by / on June 18, 2015 at 10:07 PM / in Hokkaido

Exploring lake Tōya in Hokkaido!

Off to lake Tōya in Hokkaido: A few days ago, I went on a small holiday with my wife to Hokkaido. In Kyoto the rainy season had started and the weather was hot and humid. From Kansai International Airport it’s just a 2 hour flight to the New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港). We had rented a car and set out to […]

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by / on November 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Autumn at Eikan-dō in Kyoto.

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 […]

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by / on October 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Enkō-ji in Kyoto During the Autumn of 2013!

Autumn in Sakyo-ku: Perhaps one of the most famous seasons of the year for people in Kyoto and, taking in considerations the many foreigners travelling to Kyoto for this event, this is perhaps the grandest event here in Kyoto. A Japanese friend told me they had to book several months in advance to find a hotel room in Kyoto. The […]

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by / on October 1, 2014 at 11:31 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Archery at the Nashinoki Shrine in Kyoto.

Nashinoki Shrine: During the month of September many events are held here in Kyoto. One of those, although not so popular with main stream tourists, is the annual Japanese bush clovers festival (Hagi-萩), at the Nashinoki Shrine (梨木神社) in Kyoto. Nashinoki Shrine is located on the East side of Kyoto’s Imperial Palace and opposite of Rozanji Temple. There was an […]

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by / on May 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM / in Aoi Matsuri, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Shimogamo Jinja

Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) 2014 in Kyoto City.

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 […]

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by / on January 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

38.000 Ears and Noses lay Buried here: Mimizuka (耳塚) in Kyoto!

Did you know about this? This often forgotten memorial is located not so far from the famous Kiyomizu dera temple and the Kyoto National museum on the Higashiyama and Shichijo crossing and just a few meters away from the Hokoku Shrine. The Hokuku shrine is also known as the Toyokuni shrine (豊国神社) honoring Toyotomi Hideyoshi! Hideyoshi being the guy ordering […]

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