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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 2020 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 2020 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 2020: 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.
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Cherry blossom a.k.a.Sakura forecast in Kyoto 2020京都の桜開花予想英語版

A forecast of Sakura 2020 in Kyoto. There are many cherry blossoms a.k.a. Sakura and Migoro, the best time to enjoy them lasts for a month. In this article, we divide Migoro into 3 peirod; March, late March to mid April, Mid-April, and around April 20.
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The events canceled due to Coronavirus in Kyoto

Overview Here in Kyoto, some events are canceled due to widespread coronavirus. The following is the gist of them offic...
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Top 3 Kawazu Zakura spot in Kyoto 2020

Kawazu Zakura is the earliest-blooming Sakura in Kyoto.This article shows you the places to admire it; Toji temple, Unryuin temple, and Ichijo Modoribashi and Sanjo Ohashi bridge. The best time is mid-March usually.
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The Great Buddha in Nara: Daibutsu in Todaiji temple

Nara has a huge statue of Buddha, a.k.a., Daibutsu, Birushanabutsu and the Great Buddha. In this article, you can learn anything about it; Its features, when and why it was built and the way to construct it.
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Afro Buddha in Kyoto

The real name of "Afro Buddha" is "Goko Shii Amidabutsu.(五劫思惟阿弥陀仏)" It means that a Buddha meditates forever. In this artile, you can learn the reason of its hair style and its features, souvenirs and so on.
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Goshichinichi Mishiho 2020 at Toji temple: The ritual held in ancient Imperial court

Mishiho is a supreme ritual held in Toji temple in Kyoto. From 8th to 14th January, high-ranked monks visit Kanjoin temple three times a day to pray for the prosperity of our country, world peace, and good harvest of the year.
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Sanjusangendo archery 2020: Toshiya

The archery competition of Sanjusangendo is called "Toshiya."It takes place on 12th Jan 2020. Enjoy the archers in beautiful Kimono and its 600 years of history!
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Kiyomizudera statues 1: Kannnon with 1000 hands

The Gohonzon, the Buddhist statue of Kiyomizu-dera temple, is "Juichimen Senju Kannon," who saves us with 11 faces and 1,000 eyes and hands.
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Feed Sika deer with Sika Senbei in Nara park

Let us learn the way to feed Sika deer with Sika Senbe crackers in a video with precise information. You also learn why lots of Sika is in Nara park.
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Daijosai 2019: The Emperor Naruhito show his respect and gratitude to Amaterasu Ohmikami

Daijosai is the first Niinamesai the Emperor holds in his rein. It is a ritual in which the Emperor shows his respect and gratitude Amaterasu Ohomikami, the most admired Deity in Shinto and the ancestor of the emperor.
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3D Mandala of Buddha in Toji temple

In Toji temple in Kyoto, 21 statues of Buddhist Deities make so-called 3D-Mandala to shows us Buddhist teaching. In this article, you can learn the role of each Deities in the Mandala.
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Emperor naruhito’s enthronement ceremony: Sokui Seiden no Gi in 2019

On 1st March 2019, Emperor Naruhito acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne and became the 126th Emperor of Japan. On 22th October 2019. Emperor Naruhito is to declare his accession in Sokuirei Seiden no Gi at Imperial Palace. In this article, we learn about what is it.
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The Enthronement of the Emperor of Japan; Senso

On 30th April, Emperor Akihito gave up his throne and the crown prince Naruhito acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne. In this article we learn the role of the Emperor of Japan and the meanings of Senso.
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Arashiyama Hanatoro 2019 in Kyoto

Arashiyama Hanatoro is held in Arashiyama district in mid-November. We can enjoy lots of night illumination and other events. This article shows you the best way to enjoy them.
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Jishu jinja shrine in Kyoto, love rocks, and Goen

Goen is a tie/bond between something of someone. Jishu jinja shrine in Kyoto gives us extraordinary Goen for loeve seekers. We foresee our love goes with "Love rocks" and have lots of good fortunes form sub-shrines.
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Kyoto autumn leaves forecast 2019

Let us see forecasts of autumn leaves Kyoto, 2019. Takao, Ohara, the center of Kyoto city and the suburb area. Ohara and Takao: Mid-November, Most of the center of the Kyoto and its suburb area: Mid-November to late-November, and other places: Early-December.
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The best Zen gardens/Karesansui in Kyoto: Top 10

In this article, you can learn about top 10 Zen/Karesansui gardens in Kyoto with a short introduction of these gardens. Shodenji, Ryoanji, Komyoin, and other important gardens.
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The meaning of Ryoanji Zen Rock Garden

No one tells the meaning of "The Rock Garden" of Ryoanj in Kyoto precisely despite its fame. Fortunately, we have some hypotheses. In this article, we make an inspection on the garden with them.
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Gion matsuri 2020: Atomatsuri Yoiyama

The precise information of Atomatsuri of Gion matsuri 2019; Byobumatsuri, Kaisyo Kazari of each Yamaboko floats. Gion bayashi, Gohuin stamps and others are available.
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Gion matsuri 2020: Mikoshi, portable shrine, guide

Gion matsuri is famous for Yamaboko floats but the most important thing is Mikoshi, or porptable shrine. In this article, I'll show you the history, importance of it.
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Things not to do in Kyoto/京都不做的事情/禁止事項

To our regret, some behavior seems rude in Japan. I suppose the problem is that they are stranger to our culture. So, I'll show you indications that will be great help for you.
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Why is Gion matsuri celebrated?

Gion matsuri has changed in many ways but its aim reminds the same for 1150 years. In this article, you can learn the exact reason why Gion matsuri is celebrated.
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