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    Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji (永観堂禅林寺) Autumn 2013 in Kyoto!

    Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji (永観堂禅林寺) Autumn 2013 in Kyoto!

    — 3 days ago with 13 notes
    #Buddhism  #Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji  #Japan  #Kyoto  #autumn  #momiji  #travel  #永観堂禅林寺  #紅葉 
    Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji (永観堂禅林寺) Autumn 2013 in Kyoto!

    Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji (永観堂禅林寺) Autumn 2013 in Kyoto!

    — 3 days ago with 15 notes
    #Buddhism  #Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji  #Japan  #Kyoto  #autumn  #momiji  #travel  #永観堂禅林寺  #紅葉 
    Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji (永観堂禅林寺) Autumn 2013 in Kyoto!

    Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji (永観堂禅林寺) Autumn 2013 in Kyoto!

    — 3 days ago with 11 notes
    #Buddhism  #Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji  #Japan  #Kyoto  #autumn  #momiji  #travel  #永観堂禅林寺  #紅葉 
    The Honden (本殿) of Yasaka Shrine seen from the Kitamon (北門) or the North Gate.

    The Honden (本殿) of Yasaka Shrine seen from the Kitamon (北門) or the North Gate.

    — 4 days ago with 12 notes
    #Emperor Ichijō  #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Shinto  #Yasaka Shrine  #一条天皇  #八坂神社  #祇園祭り 

    This shop is located on the sloop leading up to Jakkō-in (寂光院) in Ōhara, Kyoto and they sell dolls! How about one of these?

    — 4 days ago with 5 notes
    #Jakkō-in  #Jakkō-in 紅葉  #Japan  #Kyoto  #autumn  #travel  #Ōhara  #寂光院 
    Shōji-ji-Hana-no dera (勝持寺・花寺) During the Autumn Season of 2013 in Kyoto!

    Shōji-ji-Hana-no dera (勝持寺・花寺) During the Autumn Season of 2013 in Kyoto!

    — 5 days ago with 15 notes
    #Hana-no dera  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Oharano  #Shōji-ji  #autumn  #勝持寺  #大原野  #花寺 
    The belfry and little office of the Konzō-ji Temple (金蔵寺) in Oharano, Kyoto! The autumn leaves are beautiful, the mountain air crisp and the sun was shining! Not so many people go there, so its very tranquil.

    The belfry and little office of the Konzō-ji Temple (金蔵寺) in Oharano, Kyoto! The autumn leaves are beautiful, the mountain air crisp and the sun was shining! Not so many people go there, so its very tranquil.

    — 6 days ago with 21 notes
    #Emperor Genshou  #Japan  #Konzō-ji Temple  #Kyoto  #Yutaka Takashi  #京都  #日本  #金蔵寺 
    The Niōmon Gate (仁王門) of Kōryū-ji, Founded by Prince Shōtoku in 603 AD, Kyoto City. Fierce looking Niō (仁王) statuettes on either side. On your left is Ungyō (吽形), he is depicted either bare-handed or wielding a sword. He symbolises latent strength, holding his mouth tightly shut. His mouth is rendered to form the sound “hūṃ” or “Un”, leading to his alternate name “Ungyō”.On your right is Agyō (阿形), is a symbol of overt violence: he wields a thunderbolt stick and bares his teeth. His mouth is depicted as being in the shape necessary to form the “ah” sound, leading to his alternate name, “Agyō”.

    The Niōmon Gate (仁王門) of Kōryū-ji, Founded by Prince Shōtoku in 603 AD, Kyoto City. Fierce looking Niō (仁王) statuettes on either side. On your left is Ungyō (吽形), he is depicted either bare-handed or wielding a sword. He symbolises latent strength, holding his mouth tightly shut. His mouth is rendered to form the sound “hūṃ” or “Un”, leading to his alternate name “Ungyō”.
    On your right is Agyō (阿形), is a symbol of overt violence: he wields a thunderbolt stick and bares his teeth. His mouth is depicted as being in the shape necessary to form the “ah” sound, leading to his alternate name, “Agyō”.

    — 1 week ago with 11 notes
    #Agyō  #Buddhism  #Hata no Kawakatsu  #Kyoto  #Kōryū-ji  #Niō  #Niōmon  #Prince Shōtoku  #Ungyō  #仁王  #仁王門  #吽形  #広隆寺  #秦河勝  #聖徳太子  #阿形 
    baustellina asked: Thank you, you are very helpful :D Greetings from south Italy


    Answer:

    Hi,

    Wanted to get back to you with some info. One of my photography friends was willing to help you, Here name is Ekaterina, she’s not on Tumblr though, here is her FB link: https://www.facebook.com/ekaterina.georgieva.167. She did say that she would not be able to help you with looking for accommodation. She graduated from Kyoto University and has been here for a while. 

    There is another lady who runs a website, she is German and teaches here. She lives in Kobe and has been here for a while. Here is the link: http://zoomingjapan.com/ . At present she is travelling and I am not sure how quick you’ll get an answer to your questions.

    here are a few more websites that might be of a help to you:

    http://gaijinpot.com/

    http://www.kyotoguide.com/

    http://www.deepkyoto.com/

    Hope this is of a help to you, If you have any other questions, feel free to ask and have a wonderful stay in Kyoto. One thing I can tell you, you’ll love it, its safe, the people are nice and polite and the food is excellent.

    Take care,

    Hugo

    for Kyoto Dream Trips

    — 1 week ago with 4 notes
    Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto: A Closer Look. Pt.2.

    Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto: A Closer Look. Pt.2.

    The Buden hall with the Mikoshi enshrined at Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) during the Yoi-Yoiyama event of Gion Matsuri (2014) in Kyoto.

    The Buden hall with the Mikoshi enshrined at Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) during the Yoi-Yoiyama event of Gion Matsuri (2014) in Kyoto.

    In my previous post on Yasaka shrine, we explored the steps leading up to the main area of this Shrine. If you didn’t had a chance to read it you can do so by following this link: Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto: A Closer Look. Pt.1, it covers many of the sub-shrines that are…

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    — 1 week ago with 2 notes
    #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Yasaka Shrine  #八坂神社  #祇園祭り 

    Various pictures of the moon taken from the Arami Shrine (荒見神社) in Jōyō City, Kyoto-fu!

    Today is the climax for “Tsukimi” or moon viewing, a past time of Heian nobles in Kyoto. Although Joyo is not as spectacular as Daikaku-ji in Arashiyama, I was able to get a few shots. I went out to get drinking water from my local shrine and couldn’t help but noticed the moon shining. Since I didn’t take my camera, I had to return.

    Here are some of the shots I took from inside the Arami Jinja (荒見神社) in Jōyō City, Kyoto-fu!

    By the way, many Shinto shrines have a source where you can get drinking water and many people do. The shrine priest once told me, that Suntory, uses the same water for their whiskey, as is being provided by my local shrine.

    — 1 week ago with 13 notes
    #Arami Shrine  #Jōyō  #Kyoto  #Shinto  #moon viewing  #tsukimi  #城陽市  #荒見神社 
    Karasu Sumō at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto!

    Karasu Sumō at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto!

    The boys that participate are quite skinny compared to their professional counterparts, its very fun to watch and the crowd is very lively with their support for the youngsters.

    The boys that participate are quite skinny compared to their professional counterparts, its very fun to watch and the crowd is very lively with their support for the youngsters.

    Chrysanthemum Festival:

    On September 9, or the 9th day of the 9th month, is a special day for the Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto. They hold the annual “chōyō no sekku” (重陽) or Chrysanthemum Festival. After the Chrysanthemum…

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    — 1 week ago with 5 notes
    #Japan  #Kamigamo Shrine  #Karasu sumō  #Kyoto  #shinto  #world heritage  #Yatakarasu  #上賀茂神社  #京都  #八咫烏  #日本  #烏相撲 
    This well is called “Gion no Goshin Sui” or “Water from the Gods”! Kyoto is blessed with an abundance of water that streams from the nearby mountains. Many shrines and temples have these kinds of fountains in their precincts!

    This well is called “Gion no Goshin Sui” or “Water from the Gods”! Kyoto is blessed with an abundance of water that streams from the nearby mountains. Many shrines and temples have these kinds of fountains in their precincts!

    — 1 week ago with 21 notes
    #Emperor Ichijō  #Gion Matsuri  #Japan  #Kyoto  #Shinto  #Yasaka Shrine  #一条天皇  #八坂神社  #祇園祭り 
    Very soon, the annual “Moon viewing or tsukimi-(月見)“ will be held in Japan. This month, “Kyoto Visitors Guide” has section on this special occasion. Where will you go? Weather permitting, I’ll go to Daikaku-ji Temple and the Osawa Pond, famous for its moon viewing of times past by Heian nobles. Here is the article: “No place could better suited for full moon viewing than timeless Kyoto. Of all the year’s 12 full moons, the autumn full moon, or harvest moon, is considered to be the most sublime. It is said that the moon viewing custom was introduced to Japan from China during the Nara (710-794) and Heian periods (794-1185). Harvest moon viewing took place on August 15th in the lunar calendar, and it was called jugoya, which means the night of the 15th. Jugoya in the present calendar changes every year and usually falls in September or October. The moon on jugoya is not always full, but it’s said that the moon on that night is the brightest and the most beautiful in the year.”You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.kyotoguide.com/ver2/thismonth/moon10.html

    Very soon, the annual “Moon viewing or tsukimi-(月見)“ will be held in Japan. This month, “Kyoto Visitors Guide” has section on this special occasion. Where will you go? Weather permitting, I’ll go to Daikaku-ji Temple and the Osawa Pond, famous for its moon viewing of times past by Heian nobles. Here is the article: “No place could better suited for full moon viewing than timeless Kyoto. Of all the year’s 12 full moons, the autumn full moon, or harvest moon, is considered to be the most sublime.

    It is said that the moon viewing custom was introduced to Japan from China during the Nara (710-794) and Heian periods (794-1185). Harvest moon viewing took place on August 15th in the lunar calendar, and it was called jugoya, which means the night of the 15th. Jugoya in the present calendar changes every year and usually falls in September or October. The moon on jugoya is not always full, but it’s said that the moon on that night is the brightest and the most beautiful in the year.”

    You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.kyotoguide.com/ver2/thismonth/moon10.html

    — 1 week ago with 11 notes
    #Daikaku-ji  #Jugoya  #Kyoto  #Osawa Pond  #moon viewing  #tsukimi  #月見