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Japanese culture and traditions

The faith of Goryo 御霊信仰につき英語で説明

Mitama is a sprit of the deceased. Ancient people thought it caused natural disasters and epidemics. In this post, I'll show you how people managed them in order to accomplish to the peace. 合掌
Japanese culture and traditions

Japanese mythology 1: The birth of Japan

To under stand Japanese culture and its inheritance without the knowledge of Japanese mythology. I'll write a series of 6 posts on the important myths. 合掌
Japanese culture and traditions

Japanese mythology 2: Iwato Gakure, World without sun or Amaterasu Ohmikami

To under stand Japanese culture and its inheritance without the knowledge of Japanese mythology. In this post, let us see "Iwato Gkure," 合掌
Japanese culture and traditions

Japanese mytholgy 3: Kushinada Hime ends Susanoh’s Odyssey

To under stand Japanese culture and its inheritance without the knowledge of Japanese mythology. In this post, let us see how Kushinada Hime put an end to Susanoh's odysesy. 合掌
Japanese culture and traditions

Japanese mythology 4: Okuninushi gave up his land to Amaterasu

Introduction To under stand Japanese culture and its inheritance without the knowledge of Japanese mythology. I'll write...
Japanese culture and traditions

Japanese mythology 5: 1st Emperor of Japan acceded the throne

In this post, let us see how the ancestor of Japanese emperor arrived at Japan and the first emperor acceded the throne. 合掌
Japanese culture and traditions

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.
Japanese culture and traditions

What is Misogi and Harae? 禊と祓を英語で説明

Misogi and Harae is the ways to get rid of evilness in order to prepare for something sacred.  In this post, I'll show you what they are. 合掌
Japanese culture and traditions

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.
Japanese culture and traditions

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.
Japanese culture and traditions

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.
Japanese culture and traditions

The meaning of Reiwa, the new Japanese Imperial period

Reiwa (令和), what does the new Imperial period/era mean? Why are Japanese people delighted because it was quoted the Manyosyu?
Japanese culture and traditions

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...
Sakkura/Cherry blossom

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.
Sakkura/Cherry blossom

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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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.
Sakkura/Cherry blossom

Omuro Zakura in Ninnaji temple and its forecast 2023: Full bloom on 4/3/2023 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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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 offici...
Sakkura/Cherry blossom

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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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.
Kiyomizudera

Seiryue 2023: 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.
Gion Matsuri Festival

Gion matsuri festival in Kyoto 2024: Mikoshis, Yamahoko floats, and Yoiyamas!!! 祇園祭2024英語で説明

The guide on Gion matsuri festival 2024 in Kyoto; its schedule, Mikoshis, Yamahoko floats, Yoiyamas, history, the reason why it is celebrated, souvenirs, and other must-sees. Anything is available.
Gion Matsuri Festival

Gion matsuri Schedule 2023 : Mikoshi, Yamahoko parade Yoiyama 祇園祭日程2024英語版

The schedule of Gion matsuri 2024 was announced. Mikoshi, Yamahoko parade, and Yoiyama available. Gion matsuri has lots of rituals held in July. In this article, you can see exact schedule they are held.
Gion Matsuri Festival

Gion Matsuri history: Why is it celebrated? 祇園祭の意味を英語で説明

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.
Gion Matsuri Festival

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.
Gion Matsuri Festival

Gion Matsuri 2023: 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.
Gion Matsuri Festival

Gion matsuri 2023 : Atomatsuri Yoiyama 祇園祭後祭宵山英語で説明

The precise information of Atomatsuri of Gion matsuri 2023; Byobumatsuri, Kaisyo Kazari of each Yamaboko floats. Gion bayashi, Gohuin stamps and others are available.
Gion Matsuri Festival

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.
Gion Matsuri Festival

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 c...
Gion Matsuri Festival

How to build Yamahoko float? Gion matsuri festival 2024

Hoko tate 鉾建て(Yamahoko buidling) In Yamahoko/ Yamaboko parade in Gion matsuri festival, we can see 4 kinds of Yamahoko f...
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