the odd torii gate

Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine

a strange torii gate in downtown Have you ever seen such a torii (a traditional gate of a Japanese Shinto shrine)? The both sides are stuck into the walls! It is strange, but what is […]

the main hall of Gyoganji Temple from the entrance

Gyoganji Temple

Why is Gyoganji Temple called ‘a temple of skin’? Do you know Gyoganji Temple near Kyoto Imperial Palace? The temple is also called Kodo, meaning ‘a temple of skin’. There is a folklore about it. […]

handing over of the bamboo branches

Toka Ebisu Festival (Kyoto Ebisu-Jinja Shrine)

What Is Toka Ebisu Festival? Toka Ebisu Festival is held at many shrines in western Japan from January 9th to 11th, while at Kyoto Ebisu-jinja Shrine, from January 8th to 12th. ‘Toka’ means the day […]


Rokuon-ji temple (Kinkaku-ji temple)

I went to Rokuon-ji temple this summer. Rokuon-ji temple is famous for Kinkaku (a golden pavilion), so it’s called Kinkaku-ji temple. Both names are written on its name plate at the entrance. The entrance is very simple and green trees are beautiful […]

Phoenix Hall and the 10,000 yen note

Byodoin Temple

Phoenix Hall of Byodoin Temple, What Is Often Seen in Coin Purses Byodoin Temple is located in Uji City, Kyoto. It is very famous for its Phoenix Hall that is depicted on the obverse of […]