Gozan no Okuribi (Daimonji)

Annual Event with Five Mountains August 16th is a special day in Kyoto. In the evening, giant bonfires are lit calmly on five mountains. These mountains are collectively called ‘gozan‘ and this event is formally […]


Sakura (Sewari-tei in Yawata City, Kyoto)

Yawata Cherry Blossom Festival I went to see cherry blossoms (Japanese: sakura) at Sewari-tei in Yawata City, Kyoto. ‘Sewari-tei’ means ‘a separation levee’, and it is located at the confluence of three rivers – Kizu […]

Otowa no Taki

Autumn Leaves (Kiyomizu-dera Temple)

Heavy Things in the Temple? Every autumn, a great number of people around the world visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple to see the incredible architecture with beautiful autumn leaves. I went there as well, and was overwhelmed […]