This is the very famous Instagrammable Spots in the shrine in Kyoto Japan.

As you see this photo with Kodai temple which is the very famous five-story pagoda in Kyoto Japan below. Kodai temple is also near Kiyomizu temple which is a very famous temple too. This is Kiyomizu temple. But lately, a lot of people come to this shrine that is called Yasaka Koushin because you can write a wish on the colorful ball that is called Kukuri Saru and tie a wood. and the figure is very very cute and that is the best spot for Instagrammable. When I stop by there, A lot of junior high school students who had a school trip just came. Also, I saw wedding, a bride and a groom were wearing special wedding Kimonos, they were very gougeous and beautiful. When I was leaving there, I saw a rickshaw ride through the gate. And I passed the gate and made a right, Koudai temple was there and I saw a driver who is to pull a rickshaw ride. He was very cool. When I saw him, I really remember Samurai. And I sell half coats that are call...more >>

The second highest-ranking god in Japan is in Taga shrine in Shiga Japan.

I could know the higher-ranking god of Ise shrine is in Shiga next to Kyoto. Every Japanese wants to go to Ise shrine while you are alive. So You will get super big power here you've never had got much more than you get from Ise shrine. The highest-ranking god is in AmenominakannushinoKami shrine in Omi Hachiman Shiga Japan and the Second god is in Taga shrine in Shiga next to Kyoto too then the third god is in Ise Shrine in Mie prefecture which is the most famous shrine in Japan. Taga shrine is very famous in Shiga Japan, a lot of people come to pray from Japan. When you get there, you can see an approach to a shrine (the very long way ) that is called Sando in Japanese. Also, there are a lot of shops there too. It's said that if you could not go to Ise shrine why don't you go to Taga shrine, because the god of Ise is the son of the god of Taga shrine since long long time ago. When I tried to pass through the gate, I saw very interesting manner to enter here and I took...more >>

The origin of Ise shrine where is the most famous shrine in Japan

I could know the origin of Ise shrine in Omi Hachiman Shiga next to Kyoto. Every Japanese wants to go to ISE shrine while you are alive. But I found this shrine is the origin of Ise shrine. there is the highest-ranking god here in Japan that god is called AmenominakannushinoKami. So You will get super big power here you've never had got. The highest-ranking god is in AmenominakannushinoKami shrine and the Second god is in Taga shrine in Shiga next to Kyoto then the third god is in Ise shrine in Mie prefecture which is the most famous shrine in Japan. So after I stopped by here, I went to Taga shrine, It took 1 hour from menominakannushinoKami shrine to Taga shrine by car. I will introduce the Taga shrine in the next blog. I passed through the gate, and there is an approach to a shrine ( long way ) that is called Sando in Japanese, then you can see steps, a black horse and a big forest. Why horse is in a lot of shrines? Because God rides a horse and it is said God m...more >>

Heian shrine

I went to a very old shrine in Kyoto which is very famous in Japan and is called Heian shrine. When you go there, there is a very beautiful river and ket you feel nostargic. This is Heian shirne. A lot of people were praying. In 1895, the Japanese industrial exhibition was held in Okazaki as the 1100th anniversary of Heian Kyo, the ancient Kyoto city. As a monument of the exhibition, Heian Jingu shrine was built as a Shinto shrine that enshrines emperor Kannmu who moved the Japanese capital from Nara to Kyoto. The buildings are 5/8 scale reproductions of Chodoin buildings in Heian-Kyo. In the Japanese Imperial year 2600 (1940 A.D.), emperor Komei was also enshrined there. He is the last emperor who spent his life in Kyoto. In 1976, an arson set a fire to the shrine, and 9 buildings were burnt out. Fortunately, the main hall has escaped the fire narrowly. After the incident, people all around Japan made donations,s and Heian Jingu we see today was reconstruc...more >>

The super spiritual area ” Seimei shrine ” in Kyoto Japan

I went to the Seimei shrine which is very famous that is the super-spiritual area in Kyoto Japan. Seimei Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Seimei Abe in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. Seimei Abe is said to have been the ancestor and astronomer of the Abe clan, who oversaw the Onmyodo dormitory. The shrine dedicated to Seimei Abe, also known as the Onmyoji in modern times, is popular as a power spot that benefits from disasters and illnesses. The skater, Yuzuru Hani, came to worship and won the gold medal at the Olympic Games, which has attracted more attention. This time, we will introduce how to enjoy Seimei Shrine along with many attractions such as peaches and wells in the precincts. The mark of this star is called "burdock star", and Seimei Abe was used for the Onmyodo. Seimei Abe used this star mark as a talisman. Seimei Shrine is a moderately sized shrine facing Horikawa-dori. In the precincts, there are many shrines related to Seimei, such as the statue of Seimei...more >>

If you want to remove the bad luck, Go to here wearing Yukata

I stopped by the Ichihime shrine only for women coincidentally. The year when any women have to remove bad luck, they go to pray there in those years. Those years are called Yakudoshi in Japanese. Yakudoshi, which literally means “unlucky age,”refers toparticular ages when a number of disasters are believed to strike. For men, these ages are 25, 42, and 61, and for women, 19, 33, and 37, usingthe traditional Japanese way of counting age, where newborn babies are considered to be one year old at birth. In particular, 42 for men and 33 for women are said to be the unluckiest ages, when one may experience the worst misfortune. In addition, the years before and after one’s unlucky age are called Maeyaku and Atoyakurespectively. You need to be careful of illness or accidents during both Yakudoshi and in the year before and after. People in Yakudoshi often visit a shrine for Yakubarai, which means to “remove the bad luck.” There is a shrine for women to remove the bad luck. The shri...more >>

Japanese traditional Long epic song that is called NAGAUTA 

I went to see my friend who sings long epic songs that is called NAGAUTA in the hall Kyoto Japan. I saw a lot of people who wore kimono also I saw a lot of Geisha too. A nagauta (long epic songwith shamisen accompaniment) derived from Otsu-e, and finally, also a number in Classical Japanese dance.  This is a Japanese traditional curtain, These Sakura ( cherry blossoms ) patterns of the curtain are very beautiful. A lot of Geisha who wearing Kimono came to see Nga-Uta. it is hard to wear Kimono but easy to wear Yukata or Samue which is like a bathrobe. So when you go to see any Japanese traditional events, why don't you go wearing Yukata or Samue? The most widely known symbol of Japanese traditional Summer outfits, Yukata are light and simple long robes, similar to Kimono in their shape but much more informal and easy to wear. They are usually worn during Japanese Summer events such as Matsuri or Fireworks Festivals. Female model: 165 cm Wearing size...more >>

This shrine for your business is going very very good

I like going to the Ebisu shrine for prosperous business because I am the owner of an online shop for Japanese traditional stuff. And I go to the Ebisu shrine on the way, I pass Miyagawa street, Miyagawa street looks like Edo era, and there are a lot of Ozashiki restaurants which means when you have a dinner and drink, Maiko's performance and Geisha play music and sing songs, also, you can play some games with Maiko. About Ozashiki with Maiko, Maiko is mainly in charge of dancing at Ozashiki and performs the dancing of Kyomai Inoue school in Gion Kobu district and other dancing such as the Wakayagi school in other districts. At Ozashiki and on the stage both geisha and Maiko are heavily-powdered with Shironuri (white makeup), but while a geisha usually wears a wig, Maiko dresses her hair in traditional Japanese style and wears a gorgeous ornate hairpin, Tsumami-kanzashi (a decorative hairpin) featuring something like flowers of each season. At Ozashiki Asobi, customers can enj...more >>

Kamigami shrine where is oldest shrine in Kyoto Japan 

I walked to see the arch of cherry blossom when I went to the Kamigamo shrine on the way. this arch is very very famous in Kyoto Japan. They looked like the tunnel of cherry blossom. Kamo river is also very famous in Kyoto Japan along side with the arch. After you passed the arch, passed, you can see the Kamigamo shrine. There are a lot of beautiful cherry blossoms in the Kamigamo shrine. About Kamigamo shrine, Kamo-wake-ikazuchi-Jinja in the Kita Ward of Kyoto is the oldest Shinto shrine in the ancient city. Since prehistoric times Kamigamo-jinja has preserved and transmitted the legends relating to the birth of the shrine deity, Wakeikazuchi. Ancient rituals which transmit the faith in the divine mountains, Kamo Sai also known as Aoi Matsuri which started during the reign of Emperor Kinmei in 544, and the shrine buildings retaining the style of the early Heian Period, all convey the history of the province of Yamashiro (southern Kyoto Prefecture). Most of the...more >>

Cherry-blossom viewing in Kyoto

I went to KAMOGAWA river to have a party under the cherry blossom trees that are called HANAMI in Japanese alongside KAMOGAWA river in Kyoto Japan. We found a cherry blossom beautiful arch and we had a party here. We brought alcohol and snacks and had a good time with my friends. Hanami” is a Japanese tradition of welcoming spring. The literal meaning is “viewing flowers” and Enjoying cherry blossoms is an old Japanese custom (that’s been around for over 1000 years). Hanami is like a picnic to enjoy the cherry blossoms. People get together under the cherry blossoms and enjoy food and drinks. Many people go early in the morning to secure a spot. Cherry blossoms only bloom for a short time, usually for only a week or two. Cherry blossoms remind people that life is short and beautiful. The sunset with cherry blossoms was very beautiful. I saw a lot of people who were wearing Yukata or JInbei Why don7t you try them when you join event...more >>

Traveling to Mt.Fuji and kamakura city 2nd day

I took a photo with taking Onsen outside in the Ryokan in the morning, Onsen outside is called ROTEN-BURO. Mt.Fuji was very huge and a white cloud was moving on the top. we felt kinda scared too. We went to Kamakura is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour south of Tokyo after checked out our Ryokan. Kamakura became the political center of Japan when Minamoto Yoritomo chose the city as the seat for his new military government in 1192. The Kamakura government continued to rule Japan for over a century, first under the Minamoto shogun and then under the Hojo regents. Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines, and other historical monuments. In addition, Kamakura's sand beaches attract large crowds during the summer months. This is the very famous market that is called Komachi-Dori ( Komachi street ) near Kamakura station. A lot of people w...more >>

Traveling to Mt.Fuji and Onsen& Ryokan 1st day

We stayed Japanese traditional hotel that is called Ryokan near Kawaguchi lake in Yamanashi prefecture Japan. We arrived near our Ryokan, Huge Mt.Fuji came up. The hotel we stayed in SHUHOUKAKU KOGETSU where you can enjoy the view of Kawaguchiko and the magnificent Mt.Fuji. I took Mtr.Fuji from my room. You can view Lake Kawaguchi and Mt.Fuji from your room also view them from spa ( Onsen ) This lake ( Kawaguchi lake ) is very famous, I took Mt.Fuji from the private beach of this hotel too. Mt,Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It is 3776 meters above sea level and has a diameter of 44 kilometers. Mt Fuji is an active volcano which is located between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. In June of 2013, Mt. Fuji was registered as a World Heritage site. Mt. Fuji is a stratovolcano and has erupted several times. Mt. Fuji is considered to be the symbol of Japanese beauty and is often drawn ...more >>

This temple is very big and old near Kyoto station ( NIshi Honganji ) 

I walked near Kyoto station in 16th Feb, I stopped by Higashi Honganji where is the biggest temple in Japan. Nishi Honganji and Higashi Honganji in Kyoto are the two head temples of the Jodo-Shin Sect, one of Japan’s largest Buddhist sects. Nishi Honganji, designated as a World Cultural Heritage site, boasts several surviving masterpieces of architecture from the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo periods, including the Karamon (National Treasure of Japan), a four-legged gate with Karahafu gables of undulating curves on the front and back. Higashi Honganji, built eleven years after Nishi Honganji, boasts the Goeido, Kyoto’s largest wooden building dedicated to the sect’s founder Shinran, and Shoseien, a small beautiful Japanese strolling-style garden with a pond. This is plum tree in the garden of this temple. This is called Toro ( a garden lantern ) is a kind of traditional Japanese lighting fixture. this Toro is very big, this theight is a...more >>

Very delicious Gyoza in old area in Gion Kyoto 

I went to a very popular GYOZA restaurant that is called HOHEI in GIon Kyoto Japan. I had a long line to enter there. Unluckily, I did not see Maiko at this time, because that is very famous among Maiko too. Gion is a district of Kyoto like this photo below. About Gion Japan, originally developed in the Middle Ages, in front of Yasaka Shrine. The district was built to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine. When you come to GIon area why don't you wear Yukata? Please check gorgeous and cute Yukata in our shop? https://name-stamp.com/japanese-gift/yukata-japanese-traditional-clothing It eventually evolved to become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan. The geisha in the Gion district (and Kyoto generally) do not refer to themselves as geisha; instead, Gion geisha use the local term geiko. While the term geisha means "artist" or "person of the arts", the more direct term geiko mea...more >>

The biggest shrine in Shiga next to Kyoto Japan 

I went to the biggest Shrine in Shiga prefecture Japan. Oumi Jingu is enshrined in the site of Capital Otsu ”Otsukyo”.  Emperor Tenji was the great accomplisher of Taika Reformation and the great establisher in ancient Japan. After His demise, also, people worshipped particularly as the Shinto God. In the Meiji Era, the believers began the movement to build the Emperor's Shrine all over Japan. At last, in Nov.7,1940 (15th year of the Showa Era), the Shrine was completed here, site of Capital Otsu, near the site of old His Palace "Oumi-Otsu-no-Miya". Soon afterward, the shrine was raised to "Chokusai-sha". Annual Great Festival is celebrated in April 20, on the occasion of a visit by a specially dispatched imperial messenger. Achievements of Emperor Tenji  Founder of Omi Statute (the first statute), the first census register, a statesman of socialization to land and people, founder of the first national school, inventor of Water Clock "Rokoku", a phil...more >>

The girls day in March 3rd in Japan

We have the doll festival that is called Hina Matsuri on March 3 also that is called girls day too. It's the day to pray for healthy growth and happiness for young girls. Most families with girls display dolls called Hina-Ningyo. Long ago, people threw paper dolls into rivers and in the sea to drive away evil spirits with them. People began displaying dolls in the Edo period. The dolls depict the imperial court. They are dressed in beautiful ancient court costumes. The Emperor and the Empress have sat on the top. The Emperor The Empress And three court ladies have sat on the second. The folding screen that's called Byoubu Paper lamp that's called Bonjiri Mandarin orange tree Cherry tree In the emperor's house Kyoto Japan, There is always a mandarin orange tree on the emperor's left side and cherry blossoms on his right side. Furniture and household goods that are ...more >>

A temple on the biggest lake in Shiga Japan. Samue, Jinbei, Yukata – A gift from Japan

Ukimi-do is a Buddhist temple of the Kaimonzan Mangetsu-ji Temple, which belongs to the Rinzai sect Daitokuji school, and it is located on a pier extending out into Lake Biwa at katana, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture. There is a very big pine tree. This tree trunk is very thick, that was planted more than 600 years ago. I went to my friends here. My friends were surprised at this temple on the Biwa lake in Shiga Japan. Why don't you stop by this temple Ukimi-do with wearing Yukata, Jinbei, Samue, or half coat ( Hanten ) ? name-stamp.com The most widely known symbol of Japanese traditional Summer outfit, Yukata are light and simple long robes, similar to Kimono in their shape but much more informal and easy to wear. They are usually worn during Japanese Summer events such as Matsuri or Fireworks Festivals. IN NY and London, wearing Japanese traditional clothing ( Samue, Jinbei, Yukata, and so on )which become a boom now. Female model : 165 cm Wearing siz...more >>

This is very famous temple near Kyoto station ( Toji )

I went to one very famous temple in Kyoto that is called Toji. Toji, or the Kyöö Gokokuji, is a monastery-temple which was founded in 796 under Emperor Kammu’s order and is associated with Kūkai, the renowned Buddhist priest in the Heian period, Kūkai was honored with this imposing temple by Emperor Saga in 823. This temple boasts Japan’s tallest five-storied wooden pagoda, which is the most time-honored landmark in Kyoto. In addition to its impressive array of buildings, Toji possesses an extraordinary collection of Buddhist art, such as sculptures, mandalas, and implements used in esoteric rituals, which demonstrates that Toji was the center of Shingon practice in Kyoto. This is Japan’s tallest five-storied wooden pagoda. There are other temples in Toji There is a long gate and a big fence in Toji. On the 21st of every month a "Kobo Market" is opened in honor of Kobo Daishi, and it has the atmosphere of a temple festival. Also, I've taken p...more >>

This is very old and big temple near Kyoto station ( Higashi Honganji ) 

I walked near Kyoto station in 2nd Feb, I stopped by Higashi Honganji where is the biggest temple in Japan. You can see the temple and Kyoto tower at the same time, The contrast between Kyoto tower and Kyoto station ( modern construction ) and the very old temple is very good. Also, you can see some carps in the temple's moat that is called Ohori in Japanese. And there are colorful carps that are called Nishikigoi in Japanese. They are very beautiful. Nishi Honganji and Higashi Honganji in Kyoto are the two head temples of the Jodo-Shin Sect, one of Japan’s largest Buddhist sects. Nishi Honganji, designated as a World Cultural Heritage site, boasts several surviving masterpieces of architecture from the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo periods, including the Karamon (National Treasure of Japan), a four-legged gate with Karahafu gables of undulating curves on the front and back. Higashi Honganji, built eleven years after Nishi Honganji, boasts the Goeido, Kyoto’s large...more >>

Demon comes in Feb 3rd Japan that is called Setsubun Event

We have a special event that is called Setsubun on February 3rd. Today, Setsubun indicatesthe eve of the first day of spring by the old calendar, which is the end of a year. Setsubun isusuallythe day before the arrival of spring and it is the last day of winter. In the past, peoplebelieved that oni (demon) come when the seasons change in Japan. It was necessary todispel negative things and evil spirits that bring about various plagues before the start of a new season. The roasted beans used for Setsubun are called “Fukuyama,” which are said to be very effective against evil spirits. In order toinstill god’s power in the beans, they are to be offered/placed on the household altar until Setsubun. Scattering beans is apurification ritual for starting the new year. Throwing soybeans represents getting rid of bad luck andwelcominggood fortune. On Setsubun days, people throw away beanswith saying“Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi.” Throwing beans is called “Mamemaki” in Japanese....more >>