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Takayama comeback special in Gion matsuri 2022 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 Rock Garden of Ryoan-ji 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.
Sakkura/Cherry blossom

Breaking report on Kawazu Zakura, the earliest bloom Sakura in Kyoto 2022: Still in Full bloom on 24/3 河津桜開花状況英語で説明

The report of 2022 on Kawazu Zakura, the earliest bloom Sakura in Kyoto. We can find some of them in Ichijo Modori bashi bridge, Toji, Unryuin, and Philosopher's path.They go into full bloom around mid-March.
Enthronement/即位

Kigen Sai of Kashihara Jingu celebrates the birth of Japan 橿原神宮の紀元祭英語で説明

Kigensai festival (紀元祭) is a ritual to celebrate the birth of Japan. According to Nihon Shoki,『日本書記』Emperor Jinmu (神武天皇) became the 1st emperor of Japan in 660 B.C. at a place known as Kashihara Jingu shrine today. In this article, you can learn about how Japan started and Kigensai.
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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
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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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Arashiyama bus and train guide: Bus stops and stations

How can we take buses in Arashiyama? It's a difficult question to answer because the routes buses take depend on a day of the week. In this article, I'll show you the way you take. In addition to it, I'll also show you the train station in Arashiyama because buses sometimes crowded.
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How to get to Ryoanji and Ninnaji from Kinkakuji?

When we visit Ryoanji and Ninnaji from Kinkakuji, we used to take bus No. 59 at Kinkakuji-mae bus stop but it was abolished in this spring. In this article, I'll show you the ways to get these temples.
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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.
Gion Matsuri Festival

Gion Matsuri festival 2021: Kuze Komagata Chigo, the most important figure 久世駒形稚児英語で説明

Kuze Komagata Chigo is the most important figure in Gion Matsuri festival. Without him, Gion Matsuri cannot be accomplished.
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All the Yamahoko floats in Gion matsuri 2022 祇園祭すべての山鉾・辻回し英語で解説

In this article, you can learn all 36 Yamahoko floats of Gion Matsuri festival with their "Tujimawashi" videos and short tips. The information of their Goshuin stamps and souvenirs are also available.
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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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Kitanozakura 2022 : The last blooming Sakura in Kyoto 北野桜英語で説明

Kitanozakura is the last-blooming Sakura in Kyoto. It is only found in Kitano Tenmangu shrine. Usually, it starts to bloom around April 15 and is in full bloom in around 20th.
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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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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.
Sakkura/Cherry blossom

Why do Japanese people love Sakura, or cherry blossoms?

Sakura is the most famous Japanese flower. We do love the flower and cannot welcome spring without. This article reveals the reason why Japanese poeple do love Sakura citing an ancient poem.
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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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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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