2016年06月29日

'Kurumazaki' Shinto Shrine in Sagano, Kyoto, is known as a guardian deity for stars and artists, only to those in the know.

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Taking a streetcar for 3 minutes from Arashiyama, known for Togetsu Bridge, Kurumazaki Shrine is found. The deity of one of the affiliate shrines standing in this grounds is worshipped by many celebrities in the field of show business and art. The first picture shows the red wooden boards offered by many show-business personalities, the stage names or pen names of them are written on them. More than 2,000 boards are dedicated here, and they are still increasing every year.
Ardent fans, doing photo sessions in front of their favorite stars, are occasionally found. In addition, this shrine also features 'Kinen Shinseki' sacred stone which grants believers' wishes. This is a kind of good-luck charm though, the people having Kinen Shinseki, whose wishes came through, have to dedicate a nearby flat stone with words of gratitude to this shrine as shown in the second picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 14:34 | Kyoto | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2015年12月11日

"Arashiyama" in the west of the heart of Kyoto, featuring "Togetsukyo" bridge, has long been a leading sightseeing spot in Kyoto since in the Heian Period, 9th-12th century.

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Arashiyama originated from the area of the holiday homes of the aristocrats in Kyoto in the 9th-12th century. This place attracts many sightseers all the year regardless of the nationality, particularly in spring for cherry blossoms and autumn for colored leaves. Togetsukyo bridge in the picture, which is the major symbol of Arashiyama, is said to be first built in the 9th century. Present bridge was rebuilt in 1934.
The well-known tourist spot "Sagano" lies north of this bridge, in the right side of this picture, where Kyoto's leading "zen" temple "Tenryuji" featuring nice gardens, "trolley train" and "chikurin" bamboo path are found being closely located to each other. On the other hand, "Jojakkoji" temple built at the very site where famous poet "Fujiwara-no-Teika's" mountain villa stood in the 13th century, as well as "Gioji" convent shouldn't be missed.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 12:05 | Kyoto | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2015年11月30日

'Sanjo Ohashi' bridge running over 'Sanjo' street in Kyoto spans 'Kamo' river.

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The de facto capital Edo, present Tokyo, and theoretical capital Kyoto, successive emperors' dwelling place, was connected by two highways from the 17th century to the 19th century. They are 'Tokaido' highway and 'Nakasendo' highway. To be more precise, they were running between 'Nihonbashi' bridge in Tokyo and 'Sanjo Ohashi' bridge in Kyoto as shown in the first picture.
Together with Nihonbashi, as this bridge was the most important bridge in Japan, it has long been repeatedly maintained and reconstructed by government money since the 17th century, and the present bridge was reconstructed in 1950.
In this connection, the river beach near this bridge, called 'Sanjo-gawara', is well known for an execution site as well as the place where severed heads of criminals were exposed to public view. Many well know criminals are included. In addition, as this neighborhood is dotted with many traditional 'ryokans' as shown in the second picture, this vicinity was important transportation crossroads.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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