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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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Ao Momiji /Green Maple night illumination in Ninnaji temple in Kyoto 2021 仁和寺青もみじライトアップ英語で説明

In 2021, Ninnaji temple provides us with Ao Momiji /Green Maplenight illumination. In this artilcle, 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

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?

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: He 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
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Autumn leaves in Kyoto 2020: In the middle of COVID-19

In 2020, we 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, 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 2021 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 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 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 2021: 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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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 アフロ大仏英語で説明

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 2021 at Toji temple: The ritual held in ancient Imperial court 後七日御修法英語で説明

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. Not sure whether Goshichinichi Mishio is canceled or not, due to COVID-19.
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Toshiya, the traditional Japanese archery at Sanjusangendo in 2021 canceled due to COVID-19 三十三間堂の通し矢を英語で解説

The archery competition of Sanjusangendo is called "Toshiya."The competition of 2021 canceled due to COVID-19. 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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