Shimogamo-jinja Shrine with old and new ema (large votive tablet)
Just the other day, I thought it was the new year, but now I hear the bell of New Year's Eve.Preparations for passing the baton from the animal of the Oriental zodiac signs, mouse to ox have begun.There are shrines and temples with Ema (a votive picture tablet) of the Ox on the grounds that are quickly welcoming new year.Also, in some temples and shrines, Ema (a votive picture tablet) of old and new Eto are displayed side by side.For example, I paid a visit to the shrine on New Year's Day in 2020 "Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine)".At present, at the end of the year, both the ox and the cub welcome visitors to the Maiden Oema (large votive picture tablet).The large Ema (a votive picture tablet) at Shimogamo-jinja Shrine is characterized by the realistic portrayal of the Oriental zodiac signs.It's fun that each shrine has different taste of Ema (a votive picture tablet)!Preparations for the New Year started in the precincts of Shimogamo Shrine, and it was surrounded by the atmosphere unique to Toshinose.During the New Year of Corona disaster, it is recommended to visit the shrine in a dispersed manner.I think there are some people who finished worshipping in December ahead of schedule.Shimogamo-jinja Shrine accepts Hatsumode (New year's worship) until Friday, January 15.Some temples and shrines make Hatsumode (New year's worship) during January or until Setsubun in February, so please avoid visiting in secret.It's a restless world, but I hope 2021 will be a good year for all of you.
"Kotoshi no Kanji (Kanji of the Year)" is exhibited at the Kanji Museum.
On December 12 "Kanji no Hi (The day of Kanji)", it was published in Kiyomizu-dera Temple with the writing of Seihan MORI, the chief priest "Kotoshi no Kanji (Kanji of the Year)".It is hosted by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, and it has become one of the features of December."Kanji Museum (Japan Kanji Museum and Library)" in Gion is holding "Kotoshi no Kanji ten (Kanji Exhibition of the Year)".The first Chinese characters from 1995 to 2019 are introduced in the chronological table.Each year, the top three Kanji applicants line up, and you can look back on the events and social conditions of the year.Selected from 25 huge letters of "Kanji of the Year" written in the past, 8 of them are displayed in frames.I heard that the design of the frame is different according to Chinese characters, so please pay attention to that too.A brush and ink-making similar to the ones used for writing big letters are also displayed.Also notable is the huge volume of the 2020 "Kotoshi no Kanji (Kanji of the Year)", which was just completed."密 (Mitsu)" was displayed in the main hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the stage for calligraphy until Wednesday, December 23.From Thursday, December 24, the exhibition will start on the 2nd floor of the museum, and visitors will be able to see how it looks before being framed."Kotoshi no Kanji ten (Kanji Exhibition of the Year)" is until Sunday, January 31, 2021.On the 2nd floor, a special exhibition 'Learning Kanji in a Deep Nayami Style: From Meiji Period to Prewar Period' is being held until Tuesday, January 5.It is a valuable opportunity to display textbooks and practice books from the Meiji period to the prewar period when the modern school system started.Why not experience the fun and depth of Kanji in Japan's first museum specializing in Kanji?The Kanji Museum is a short walk to the west on the south side of Shijo-dori Street from Yasaka-jinja Shrine.It will be open until Wednesday, December 30 this year.Kanji Museum (Japan Kanji Museum and Library)551 Gion-machi Minamigawa , Higashiyama Ward , Kyoto City (The vacant ground of Kyoto City Moto-Yasaka Junior High School)5 minutes walk east from exit 6 of Keihan Gion Shijo Stationhttps://www.kanjimuseum.kyoto/
"Kuya Odori Yuyaku Nenbutsu" at Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple
It was founded in 951 by Kuya Shonin "Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple".I introduce "Kuya Yuyaku-nenbutsu", a traditional event of December.It is said that the origin of Odori Nenbutsu is the Buddhist invocation performed by Kuya Shonin to pray for the elimination of the infectious disease that was prevalent in Kyoto at that time.In the Kamakura period, there was suppression of Nenbutsu by the shogunate, and it was practiced strictly as a secret ceremony.Even after the crackdown was lifted, he was not seen by the public as a "hidden invocation".It was finally opened to the public in 1975, and it was designated as an important intangible folk cultural property of the country.The fushimawashi (intonation) in which the chief priest chants Nenbutsu while dancing beating a gong has not changed since the time of Kuya Shonin.I admire the successive chief priests who have kept the Hoto (the teachings of Buddhism) for 800 years since Kamakura period.The style of Nenbutsu is unique in that it is not "Namuamidabutsu" but "Moo-daa-naa-maitoo" that is chanted in chorus.This Nenbutsu is also famous for its Fushimawashi (intonation), in which the head priest chants Nenbutsu while dancing, beating a gong.Another characteristic of Nenbutsu is that it does not have a fixed end so that people can stop and withdraw at any time.Even now, it is held quietly in the evening, and I can feel the remnants of the time when people could not recite nenbutsu openly.Now is the time for the Corona disaster to repent one year's sins and pray for the eradication of epidemics and happiness in the new year."Kuya Odori Yuyaku Nenbutsu" is held every day from December 13 to 31st at 16 o'clock in the main hall.However, it is not open to the public on the 31st, so visitors must leave by the 30th.Don't forget to take all possible measures against infectious diseases, and the main hall gets cold so don't forget to take cold protection measures.Rokuharamitsu-ji TempleYamato-oji-agaru, Gojo-dori Street, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City7 minutes walk from Keihan Kiyomizu-gojo Stationhttps://www.rokuhara.or.jp/
"Ayako Tenmangu Shrine" which is said to be the predecessor of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
On the 25th of each month, "Tenjin-san no Ichi (market)".It is an annual festival held at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and various stalls, including antiques and plants, line the grounds.Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the well-known birthplace of Tenjin worship.Do you know "A shrine where Tenjin worship originated" which is said to be the predecessor of Kitano Tenmangu?It is "Ayako Tenmangu Shrine" which enshrines Michizane Sugawara as the enshrined deity just like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.Ayako is TAJIHI no Ayako who served as Michizane's wet nurse.Michizane was relegated to Dazaifu (The present Kyushu region) on the charge of not guilty and died in despair.After his death, Ayako received Michizane's oracle, "Build a shrine in Ukon no Baba and rever me".However, it is said that Ayako had no power to build a shrine building at that time.Therefore, Ayako built a small hokora in her garden in Saikyo Shichijo (The present Nishinokyo) , and revered Michizane.This is said to be the origin of Ayako Tenmangu Shrine.Later, Ayako moved Michizane's mitama(spirit) to Ukon no Baba.Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine is now known as the head shrine of the approximately 12000 Tenman-gu and Tenjin-sha shrines across the country.It is TAJIHI no Ayako who triggered the foundation of the shrine.Ayako Tenmangu Shrine is counted as one of the 25 Rakuyo Tenmangu Shrines.It's a 10 minute walk north of JR Kyoto Station, but it's usually quiet.It is also revered as the guardian god of 文子 (Fumiko), Ayako and people whose names include "Aya".People with these names are eligible to participate in the "All Japan Fumiko-kai".Behind the main shrine, there is a "koshikake ishi (seat stone)" where Michizane stopped by and sat down when he was relegated to Dazaifu.It is interesting that there are 4 places in Kyoto City including this area, such as a branch shrine of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.At Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, the "Shimai Tenjin" is held on December 25.This is a seasonal tradition of December, the ending of the monthly "Tenjin-san no Ichi".In addition, Ayako Tenmangu Shrine holds "Oharae Hitogata Shono" on December 31.Next year's zodiac sign is the ox, so why don't you visit Tenjin's ox earlier?Ayako Tenmangu Shrine400 Tenjincho, Ainomachi-dori Hanayacho-sagaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City10 minute walk north of JR Kyoto StationKitano Tenmangu ShrineBakurocho, Kamigyo-ward, Kyoto-city, KyotoClose to Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine City bus stop
"Teuchi Daisen soba Hibiki"
In 2020, the winter solstice is December 21.On a cold day, I tend to eat warm udon and soba.There is a cold soba that even it is cold I want to eat right in front of Demachiyanagi Station of Eizan Electric Railway.They serve authentic handmade Daisen soba "Teuchi (Handmade) Daisen Soba Hibiki".As the name suggests, buckwheat flour of Daisen Soba harvested at the foot of Daisen Mountain in Tottori Prefecture is used.The "Daisen soba" that flows from the Izumo Soba is known as the local cuisine of Daisen.The "Tokumori soba (Special assorted soba noodles)" that you will want to try is full of spices such as soft boiled egg, grated daikon radish, green perilla, and flower.It is said that the mainstream is to dip it in the sauce first like zarusoba and then eat it as bukkake style.In addition, it is also a feature to sprinkle not wasabi but ichimi togarashi (Cayenne pepper powder) placed on the table according to preference.It is also the best part of cold Soba to warm up with Soba-yu (Soba hot water) after enjoying the smell of Soba and the feeling down your throat.For cold soba, try the Sanin style "Warigo soba (noodles)" or "Tororo mori soba (Soba noodles with grated yam)".And if you want warm soba, try "Kake soba (noodles)" or "Irodori soba (noodles)" "Kizami age soba (Fried Buckwheat noodles)".The daily special takikomi gohan (mixed rice) is limited in quantity, and I had "Saba (Mackerel) Takikomi gohan" on this day.The landmark is a wooden sign that says "Handmade Oyama Soba Hibiki" in front of Demachiyanagi Station on the Eizan Electric Railway.When you pass through the noren, you are greeted by two smiling elderly women.It is a small restaurant with 8 seats including counter and Koagari, and there is a line during lunch time.Please go out after checking business days and hours.This year has reached the end of the year in a blink of an eye, and toshikoshi soba has come to pass.It's hard to go back to your hometown in this time of the year, but we eat year-crossing noodles for good luck.Handmade Oyama Soba Hibiki (Hibiki Teuchidai Mensoba)20 Tanaka Shimoyanagi-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto CityNear Demachiyanagi Station of Eizan Electric Railway
Enjoy the feeling of Hawaii in Kyoto "ALOHANA CAFE"
On December 15, the first snow of 2020 was also observed in Kyoto.It's the beginning of winter!A northerly wind "Hiei-oroshi" blowing down from Mt. Hiei brings a chill to the bottom in the basin of Kyoto.Why don't you enjoy the feeling of everlasting summer in Kyoto where your body is frozen from the core?"ALOHANA CAFE" in Kawaramachi Kojinguchi is a slightly Hawaiian cafe.You can enjoy the menu centered on hamburgers in the restaurant where you can feel the warmth of wood.The juicy pate that is baked after ordering and the crisp lettuce.The ingredients of the day are Sandoz with buns full of sesame and it is very filling!Forks and knives are prepared, so even women can enjoy them elegantly.The potatoes on the side are crispy and you can't stop eating them.Eat it with a Hawaiian beer "Cona Beer" and you're in Waikiki Beach!?Spam cans and coasters with cutlery and napkins also add to the mood.Lunch time is limited to the daily menu.You can choose from several menus of the day, such as hamburgers and rice plates.They also have a kids' menu, so it's nice to have a relaxing time with kids.There is also take-out, so you can enjoy picnicking at Kamogawa which is very close in spring.This December marked the 13 year anniversary of its opening "ALOHANA CAFE".Why don't you feel the breeze in Hawaii in flozen Kyoto?ALOHANA CAFE39 -2 Higashisakura-cho, Kawaramachi-dori Kojinguchi-agaru, Kamigyo-ku Ward, Kyoto CityIt is very close to Kojinguchi bus stop.
Have Russian tea and home cooking at "Cafe Yozik"
In the freezing cold of Kyoto, why don't you think of the extremely cold Russia?Russia is famous for its folk crafts such as matryoshka dolls and the character "Cheburashka".The local dishes of Russia such as piroshki and borsch are also well known in Japan.Warm yourself up with Russian home cooking surrounded by Russian goods at "Cafe Yozik" in Kitayama.The shop's name "Jozik" means hedgehog in Russian.As the name suggests, there are many dishes and miscellaneous goods with hedgehog motifs in the store.Just looking at the sundries displayed by the window, I'm excited that I can enjoy the feeling of Russia."Russian tea" is a Russian-style tea which is made by scooping up jam with a teaspoon and putting it in your mouth.Russia has a strong image of alcohol like vodka, but it has developed its own tea culture.For lunch, I had "Russian Set" with borscht, piroshki, salad and drink of my choice.During tea time, please enjoy "Russian Tea Set" which is eaten with Russian home-style sweets.Of course there is vodka, so why don't you open the door on a cold night?On this Christmas day, the take-out limited "Christmas box" is also sold in limited quantity and for a limited time.It's nice to enjoy Russian Christmas at home this year.If you're curious, check out the official Facebook page as soon as possible.Cafe Yozik66 Tree's Bldg. 2nd Floor, Kamigamo Imaigawara-cho, Kita Ward, Kyoto City8 minutes walk from Subway Kitayama Stationhttps://www.facebook.com/cafeyojik/
Have German beers and sausages at "Cafe Müller"
Now that we can't easily go abroad, why don't we enjoy foreign culture and food in Kyoto?Kyoto is dotted with facilities where you can feel the foreign culture close to you."Goethe Institute Villa Kamogawa" in Kawabata Kojinguchi is a cultural institution in Germany.The language club offers various levels of German courses from beginners to advanced students.The library houses books and magazines on contemporary art, culture and lifestyle in Germany.DVDs of German movies and documentaries are also available in the media lounge in the basement.If we want to enjoy Germany more casually, we should eat gourmet food.Enjoy authentic German cuisine at the adjacent cafe restaurant "Cafe Müller".I recommend you to drink a one-plate lunch or toast with German beer and sausage.Beers include fruity white beer "Erdinger" from a brewery in Bavaria.Sausages such as "Homemade Coarsely Ground Sausage" and "Homemade Boiled White Sausage" are prepared.I heard that "Kariwurst" with ketchup and curry powder is a taste of German street stalls.The furniture, furnishings and tableware that are all made in Germany are placed in the shop with a view of a well-maintained courtyard.I'm looking forward to having lunch in the courtyard in the season when the weather is good.Currently, up to 3 people per group can enter the restaurant, and the number of people and the number of seats as well as the menu are limited.Why not enjoy a sophisticated German atmosphere while enjoying lunch alone or a cafe?I'm also excited about the seasonal decorations like Christmas trees and advent calendars.Cafe Müller19-3 Yoshida Kawara-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City２ minutes walk from Kyoto bus stop Kojinguchi
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- Gold leaf stamping experience
- Tsuchi Twist Experience
- Japanese candle painting experience
- Hands-on braiding experience
- Making woodblock postcards
- Mini Japanese umbrella crafting experience
- Kyoto fan painting experience
- Denim Kyo-Yuzen-Zome Experience
- One-Day Kadou (Flower Arrangement) Experience
- Cherry Blossom Tsumami Zaiku Workshop
- Making your very own tegaki cherry blossom yuzen
- Experiencing handmade Kyoto-style confectionery
- Tegaki (hand-painted) Yuzen Experience
- Kyo Zogan Making Experience
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- Making original mini lanterns
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