Uji River, Cherry Blossoms and Heike Monogatari: Uji City is a town not so far from Kyoto and steeped in history. Recently, I visit Byōdō-in (平等院) and afterwards strode along the Uji River. The Ajirogi-no-michi (あじろぎの道) is a walking path along the Uji River and is lined with sakura trees. During the summer months, cormorant fishing is the high lite of […]Read more ›
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Byōdō-in Newly renovated: Since March of this month, the Phoenix Hall (鳳凰堂) of Byōdō-in (平等院), was once again visible. For the past two years it was covered in scaffolding because of renovation. There is still a small part in the back that is still undergoing construction though. This fall the work should be completed. I was curious to see what […]Read more ›
Tale of Genji and the Asagiri Bridge is a famous land mark in Uji and at the moment the annual autumn light-up has commenced. Dotting the bridge are wooden framed boxes, each with a drawing of the Tale of Genji around them. At night they are lit up with a small light bulb creating a romantic atmosphere. This Tale of […]Read more ›
It is said that the original bridge was constructed in 646 by the Buddhist priest Doto of the Genko-ji Temple in Nara. It is one of the oldest bridges in Japan. The history is carved in the “Ujibashi Danhi” in Hashidera Temple. The Uji Bridge is referred to in Waka as well as in The Tale of Genji and was […]Read more ›
Our Visit to Byōdō-in (平等院) Temple! We visited Byōdō-in (平等院) on a beautiful autumn day – so warm that we didn’t even need our jackets. Byodo-in is located in Uji; a suburb of Kyoto surrounded by several important world heritage sites. Among them are Ujigami-jinya, a world heritage site, and Mimuroto-ji, with its beautiful garden and pagoda. Off the famous […]Read more ›