2016年11月07日

'Kifune Shinto Shrine' in the northern part of Kyoto, a mountainous region, is the head shrine of 450 kifune shrines throughout Japan.

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The origin of Kifune Shrine is unclear though, a note of the rebuilding of this shrine is found in an old book in the 7th century. 'Honmiya' main shrine as shown in the first picture, 'Nakamiya' second shrine and 'Okumiya' rear shrine are standing in a line along Kifune stream within walking distance from each other.
As this shrine is believed to be a spirit for rain-making, the believers used to donate a black horse for rain, and this offering had gradually changed to a tablet with a horse picture on the back. It is said that present 'Ema' votive tablet found at every shrine in Japan was originated in this shrine. In addition, the people working for restaurant business, water is essential in this field, worship this shrine.
By the way, there are many restaurants along Kifune stream as shown in the second picture. People enjoy 'Yuka' , which means an open-air restaurant temporarily built top of the stream, in hot summer. Many Yuka restaurants found in the heart of Kyoto are originated in this place.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 13:44 | Kyoto | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2016年11月04日

'Sanzen-in' Buddhist Temple in Ohara, Kyoto, dating back to the 8th century, is a 'Monzeki jiin' temple which means that the chief priest of this is from the Imperial family.

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The history of Sanzen-in is very old, which originated from one building of 'Hieizan Enryakuji' Buddhist Temple established by 'Saicho', the founder of 'Tenday' sect of Buddhism, in the 8th century. Since the beginning of the 12th century, when the first chief priest from the Imperial family took office, this temple had become Monzeki-jiin temple. This temple, thereafter, moved several times from the original site to the heart of Kyoto. And finally was settled in Ohara in the 19th century from a Court noble district near the Imperial Palace.
Ohara was known as a secluded location for the nobilities in Kyoto who wanted to escape from the noise of the capital. Before this final relocation of Sanzen-in to Ohara, 'Ojo Gokurakuin' built in the 12th century was standing at the same site.
Accordingly, Ojo Gokurakuin is included now in the precincts of Sanzen-in as shown in the first picture. Sanzen-in stands elegantly befitting its status in a green environment.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:03 | Kyoto | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2016年11月01日

'Jakkoin' in Ohara, Kyoto, built in the 6th century, is one of the oldest nunneries in Japan.

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Jakkoin, which is said to be built by 'Prince Shotoku' in 594, is widely known as a nunnery, where 'Kenreimonin' went into seclusion to devote herself to Buddhism. Kenreimonin was the mother of Emperor Antoku, who passed away in the 'Battle of Dannoura' fought between two big powers, 'Genji family' and 'Heike family', in 1185. She shut herself up in this nunnery together with her lady attendants to pray for the repose of her son and all the Heike family throughout her lifetime.
As shown in the pictures, the temple itself is compact though, the well-kept garden with graceful surroundings is beautiful all the year, but autumn leaves in November is recommended in particular.
The main building in the first picture was unfortunately lit intentionally in 2000, however it was rebuilt in 2005.
By the way, 'Shibazuke' pickled vegetables, which is one of the leading specialities in Kyoto, was born here.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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