Hydrangeas (Mimurotoji Temple)

An Old Temple with A Wide Variety of Hydrangeas Mimurotoji Temple, which was built in 770 in Uji, Kyoto, has a wonderful hydrangea garden, so it is also called “Hydrangea Temple” (Japanese: Ajisai-dera). It is […]


Motomiya Festival(Fushimiinari Shrine)

I went to Motomiya Festival at Fushimi Inari Taisha. This year, it was held on July 24th. I arrived around 7:00 p.m. when it was breezy and cool. Look at the statue of the running […]


Gion Matsuri (Shinko-sai)

Mikoshi-arai (mikoshi portable shrine purification) was held on July 10th. You can see the purified mikoshi again at Shinko-sai festival held on the 17th. Shinko-sai is an annual event known as a very energetic festival […]


Gion Matsuri (Yoiyama)

One of the highlights of Gion Matsuri is Yoiyama on July 16th. In downtown Kyoto (around Shijo-Karasuma and its neighborhood) two types of festival floats called “yama” and “hoko” have previously been built on many […]

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Gion Matsuri (Mikoshi-arai)

Gion Matsuri, one of three great festivals in Japan, takes place in Kyoto annually from July 1st to 31st. Various events are held during the festival, and the highlights are Yoiyama on the 16th (in […]