Monthly Archives: August 2016

Good Morning, Ise Shrine!

I went to worship at Ise Shrine, and visited Naiku early in the morning. Naiku is the most venerable sanctuary in Japan. Here is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Amaterasu-Omikami, the ancestral Shinto deity of the Imperial family. She was enshrined in Naiku about 2,000 years ago and has been revered as a guardian of… Read More »

Antique Postcards

I’ve got some antique postcards from an antique market. They are supposed to be of 1930s, and partly embossed. This unique fan design with ancient court people is  partly with gold and silver. This piece has a handwriting of someone, who seems to be not Japanese. Maybe he traveled to Japan in 1930s and wrote… Read More »

Shosei-en Garden

Shosei-en Garden is a detached garden of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and it is located within 10 minutes walk from Kyoto station! It dates back in 1641, with support of Tokugawa Shogunate. This beautiful garden was designed by Ishikawa Jozan, and it has been a retreat palace for noble priests of Higashi Hongan-ji. This huge space… Read More »

Sennyu-ji Temple

Sennyu-ji is Japanese imperial temple, which has graves of successive  emperors. It dates back in 1226, however, completely destroyed during civil war in mid 15th century. Restored in 17th century, and in 1818, Gozasho ( emperor’s rest house) was also relocated here. Grand Gate (Important Cultural Asset) Behind the gate, you will see the Dharma Hall.… Read More »

Fireworks in mid-summer

From end of July to mid of August,  fireworks displays are taken place throughout Japan. Some of them are very popular to be broadcast on TV. In this period of the year, there is a ritual to welcome ancestral souls, so fireworks are considered to be one of those occasions. I went to “Yodo-river fireworks… Read More »

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace preserves the look and ambiance of the Palace as it had been in the time of Japan’s ancient imperial dynasties. Imperial Palace is surrounded by tall walls and huge square called Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. As of July/26/2016, Imperial Palace became open to public anytime while opening hours. (Former, reservation needed to… Read More »

Entoku-in Temple

Entokuin was built by Kita-no-Mandokoro (wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi), and she spent her last years here after Hideyoshi’s death. It is a sub-temple of Kodai-ji Temple, and has some of Fushimi Castle where they used to live in. It has been known to have elegance gardens. The North Garden is designated as a national scenic… Read More »

Arisugawa-tei House

Arisugawa-tei House is located next to Kyoto Imperial Palace. Arisugawa-no-miya is the name of a house of an imperial prince that existed for about 300years since 1625. Now this house is well preserved by Heian Jogakuin St. Agnes Girls’ School. Usually, it is not open to public, however, there are a few occasions we can look… Read More »