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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine Plum Blossoms – Spring 2013

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine Plum Blossoms – Spring 2013

Japanese love sakura (cherry) blossoms, which I fine, but I think I prefer the ume (plum) blossoms. Ume bloom in late winter and signal the coming of spring. If you are fortunate, you can view the plum blossoms in snow. Snow doesn’t accumulate so often in Kyoto but I have seen this several times. One …

Hatsumode at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Hatsumode at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Hatsumode is the Japanese custom of visiting a Shinto shrine for the first time in the new year – usually on New Year’s Day. This year, I went to Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, in the south of Kyoto city. This shrine’s characteristic feature is the countless torii gates along the walking path that are lined …

Kyoto Shrine: Demachi Myo-on Bezaiten

Kyoto Shrine: Demachi Myo-on Bezaiten

I was wandering home late last night and stopped in at one of my favorite little shrines in Kyoto. This one is called, Myo-on Bezaiten and is located on the West side of the Kamo River in the Demachiyanagi neighborhood. Benzaiten is the Japanese name for the Hindu goddess, Saraswati. She has become a part …

Shimogamo Shrine: Painter in the Tadasu-no-Mori Forest

Shimogamo Shrine: Painter in the Tadasu-no-Mori Forest

This morning, while I was biking home, I passed through the ‘Tadasu-no-Mori’ Forest, on the grounds of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shimogamo Shrine. This is the area of the Shrine where the Yabusame, a mounted archery ceremony, is performed in association with Kyoto’s spring time Aoi Matsuri Festival. Up ahead of me, I noticed a …

Kyoto Used Book Fair at Shimogamo Shrine – Summer

Kyoto Used Book Fair at Shimogamo Shrine – Summer

Even if you don’t read Japanese, you still might want to buy some Japanese books on your visit to Japan. Graphically oriented books in Japan are very beautifully illustrated and the content is well communicated, visually. If you are interested in the arts, culture, travel, or just a window into an exotic bygone era, Japanese …

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