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Autumn Leaves

Toji temple autumn leaves night illumination 2022

Toji provides us with autumn leaves night illumination and special night visit to Kodo hall in 2022. We can admire so-called "3-D mandala" at night.
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Daikokuten at Kiyomizudera temple:清水寺の出世大黒天英語で説明

Passing through Todorokimon gate of Kiyomizudera, we catch a glimpse of a Kawaii statute. He is Shusse Daikokuten, a Buddhist deity who welcomes the visitors of the temple for over 500 years.
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Sennichi Mairi in Kiyomizu-dera temple 2022: 清水寺千日詣り英語で説明

Sennnichi Mairi is a way to visit Shito shrines and Buddhist temples to make our important wish come true. Kiyomizu-dera temple offers us with special one.
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Gion Matsuri 2022: Sakimatsuri Yoiyama 祇園祭前祭宵山英語で説明

In Gion Matsuri, Yoiyama take place prior to Yamahoko parade. In this article, you can learn the way to enjoy it.
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TAKAYAMA COME BACK SPECIAL 2022 in Gion Matsuri!!! 祇園祭鷹山英語で説明

Takayamma is one of the long-lost Yamahoko floats in Gion matsuri. In 2022, it will come back to the parade for the first time in 196 years.
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Saihoji/ Kokedeara/Moss temple guide: 西芳寺英語で説明

In this post, you can learn about the meaning of the Zen garden of Saihoji, a.k.a. Kokedera or Moss temple.
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Kyoto guide: Top 10 sites to visit and annual events and festivals

I'll show you the sites not to be missed: 5 popular ones and 5 underrated ones. On the latter part, you can see popular annual events in Kyoto. Enjoy the ones you would like. 合掌
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Rurikoin in Fresh Green Aomomiji 2022: 瑠璃光院青もみじ英語で説明

Rurikoin is one of the most underrated place to admire Aomomiji (Maple leaves in fresh green) though it established its reputation as a place to enjoy autumn leaves butIn this post, I'll show you how amazing it is.
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THE AFRO DUCKIES in Konkai Komyoji: MISSING 金戒光明寺のアフロアヒル英語で説明

The Afro duckies are messengers of AFRO BUDDHA in Konkai Komyoji temple. They make 3-D Raigozu to save those who in despair. 金戒光明寺のアヒルさんにつき、英語で説明申し上げます。合掌
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The Rock Garden of Ryoanji hides religious syncretism in Japan

The Zen garden/Rock Garden of Ryoanji temple is one of the most famous gardens in Japan. In this article, we learn about the religious syncretism (Shinto, Buddhism) it hides behind.
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Sinbutsu Shugo :Shinto and Buddhism co-existence or fusion 神仏習合英語で説明

Shinbutsu Shogo (神仏習合) is a Shinto and Buddhism co-existence or fusion in Japan. It has over 1,600 years of history.
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Aomomiji night illumination in Tofukuji temple 2021 東福寺の青もみじライトアップ英語で説明

Tofkuji is one of the most famous place to admire autumn leaves in Kyoto. In 2021, it provides us with the first Aomomiji night illumination for the first time in its history. I'll show you what's going on there, 合掌
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Aomomiji, Fresh Green Maple night illumination in Ninnaji temple in Kyoto 2022 仁和寺青もみじライトアップ英語で説明

In 2022, Ninnaji temple provides us with Aomomiji /Fresh Green Maple night illumination. In this post, I'll show you the way to enjoy it, 合掌。
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When did Yamahoko Parade start? : A short history of Yamahoko parade 山鉾巡行はいつから始まったか英語で説明

Introduction Gion Matsuri festival is famours for Yamahoko floats and their parade lures lots of people to the ancient ...
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How can we tell apart Hoko, Yama and Yatai in the Yamahoko parade of Gion Matsuri festival? 山鉾の区別の仕方英語で説明

In Yamahoko parade of Gion Matsuri festival, we can find 35 Yamahoko floats. We have three kinds of them: Hoko, Yama, and Yatai. In this article, I'll show you the way to tell apart them easily.
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What’s goin on in Kyoto? In January, 2021 With COVID-19

In this post, I'll show you what is going on here in Kyoto. The original one, written in Japanese, is posted in last March. Since then, I have revised it for nearly a year. It is a long article and I can't translate it right now. So, I will do that in anti-chronicle order gradually.
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Gozu Tenno and Yasaka shrine: The Deity is still alive in the fear of COVID-19 牛頭天王英語で説明

Gozu Tenno is a Deity enshrined in Gion sha, the former Yasaka shrine. Gion matsuri is started oh his story and its still alive in the fear of COVID-19.
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Yasaka shrine is to be designated as a National Treasure

Yasaka shrine is to be designated as a National Treasure because of the Gion Zukuri method which tells us the relationship between the hall and the religious phenomena in medieval Japan
Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves in Kyoto 2021 : In the middle of COVID-19

In 2021, we still found ourselves in the middle of COVID-19 and Kyoto is having "Autumn leaves season" with it.In this article, I'll show top 10 places to enjoy the season avoiding so-called "Three C's." Closed, Crowded places with many people nearby, and Close-contact settings.
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Seiryue 2022: The ritual of Kannon in Kyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto 青龍会英語で説明

Seiryue, or "The ritual of the blue dragon," is a mobile ritual of Kannon held 2 times a year in Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto. In this article, I'll show you what the ritual are, the participants and the rituals.
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The renovation of Kinkakuji temple 2020 金閣寺の工事英語で説明

The renovation of Kinkakuji temple, or the golden pavilion started in September 2020. The roofs of it will be replaced. In this article, I'll show you the Kokerabuki roof method and how the replacement takes place. The iconic view will be back in December.
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Gozan Okuribi and Obon 2022 in Kyoto

In Obon, we wave our good-bye to the deceased ancestors with Gozan Okuribi. In this article, I'll show you what is Gozan Okuribi, Obon, and their history.
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Shrines and temples to visit in Kyoto after declaration of emergency lifted in fear of COVID-19

On May 21, the declaration of emergency was lifted in Kyoto and we can visit many Shinto shrine and Buddhist temple again.This article shows you the list of them. Some of them offers shortened open hrs and ask for Social distancing and other things.
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Places to visit in Kyoto after COVID-19

Now the state of emergency was lifted in Japan but the fear of COVID-19 still exists. In this article, I'll show you places to visit for enjoying Goriyaku (Good fortune), Aomomoji, and other things in Kyoto keeping social distance.
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Gion Matsuri festival Samurai armor exhibition 2022 弓矢町武具飾英語で解説

Yumiyacho Bugukazari, the exhibition of Samurai Armors takes place for 3 days in Yumiya-cho district. In ancient times, the residents wore them and lead Mikohi (portable shrine) of Gion Matsuri. They don't attend the Matsuri but we can enjoy the armors today.
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Yamhoko parade 2021 canceled in Gion Matsuri

Yamahoko Parade of Gion Matsuri 2020 was cancelde due to COVID-19. In this article, you can learn a history of the parade and Yamahoko with descriptions of all the Yamahoko in the parade.
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Why do Japanese people love to be clean? なぜ日本人はきれい好きなのか

So far, Japan keeps low death toll in comparison to other nations. Some say that one of the reasons is Japanese people love to be clean. I'll analyse the reason why in terms of the cultural inheritence.
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Death of an alligator and Sakura tell us our lives are so precious『100日後に死ぬワニ』と桜 英語で考察

Some 3 months ago, a guy posted the 1st episode of a manga. The title is The alligator who dies 100 days later (百日後に死ぬワニ). Now the author posted the last episode. The story is good example to understand what we think about Sakura. 
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The ancient story still goes on in Japan, in the fear of COVID-19

Yasaka shirne installed Chinowa in early March, before the outbreak of COVID-19. The installation was based on a belief in the 8th century...
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Omuro Zakura in Ninnaji temple and its forecast 2022: 御室桜英語で説明

Generally speaking, Omuro Zakura of Ninnaji is the last-blooming Sakura in Kyoto. It is in full-bloom in mid-April usually but it might bloom about 2 weeks earlier. You can learn about the Sakura and the way to enjoy it in this article. Now we're in February. I'll start to update this article in April.
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