Site of the First Kick for Rugby
December 7 is "Rugby World Cup Anniversary"."第一蹴の地 (Site of the First Kick for Rugby)" in Kansai is located in Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine) and Tadasu no Mori Forest.In 1910, rugby training was held for the first time in Kansai at subsidiary "Sawata-sha Shrine".At that time, a student of Keio Gijuku taught rugby to a student of Dai3 (The third) High School under the old system (The current Kyoto University).It is said that the first place where a rugby ball was kicked during the practice was the riding ground in front of Sawata-sha Shrine.This practice led to the formation of the "Rugby Club Gakusuikai of Dai3 High School".In 1911, the first match between Keio Gijuku and Dai3 High School under the old system was held.The Sawata-sha Shrine was originally enshrined as a Kamo-sha Kandachi (shrine dedicated to religious ceremonies) in Kyoto Imperial Palace on the land called Satta in Kamosha Jinkan-Goten.The current one was rebuilt in 2017 as part of the Shikinen Sengu project.It is unique that not only Ema but also the offering box is rugby style.You can get a rugby Ema at the nearest Kawai-jinja shrine.Kawai-jinja Shrine is also known for its "Guardian of Victory in Soccer" while Shimogamo-jinja Shrine is known for its "Kemari Hajime" which is a special feature of the New Year.In 1969, a monument was erected by a former member of the kicking club of the former Dai3 High School "Site of the First Kick".The stone monument is engraved with the shape of a rugby ball, and people from all over the country visit the shrine.Now, 110 years after the first kick, we are in the midst of a "57 National Rugby University Championship".Doshisha University and Kyoto Sangyo University will be ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the Kansai Games, which will be held on Sunday, December 13.I would like to pray for the good performance of each university team rather than the holy land of rugby fans and rugby fans.Sawata-sha Shrine2-21 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City (in the Shimogamo-jinja Shrine and Tadasu-no-Mori)3 minutes on foot from Shimogamo-jinja Mae bus stop, or 6 minutes on foot from Tadasunomori bus stop
Autumn Leaves at Shimogamo-jinja Shrine "Tadasu-no-Mori Forest"
In Kyoto this autumn, the autumn leaves change color so quickly that the best time to see them has ended in no time.In this "Kyoto Chishin" Kyoto columns, we introduced spots for autumn leaves in late autumn under the theme of "A little-known place where you can still enjoy".You can still enjoy the autumn leaves of "Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine)", which spreads out on the approach to "Tadasu-no-Mori Forest".Shimogamo-jinja Shrine and Tadasu-no-Mori Forest are both registered as world heritages and are famous sightseeing spots in Kyoto.But it may not be known that the best time to see autumn leaves is early December, which is rather late in Kyoto.The trees that surround the vast forest of about 120,000 square meters seem to be colored a little red or yellow this autumn too.It's nice to be able to walk slowly in the forest full of mysterious and clean air.Some trees are red, such as a maple tree at the foot of "Semi no Ogawa creek" on "Akehashi bridge".It is said that the whole area of Semi no Ogawa creek has been famous for autumn leaves since Heian period.It is said that crossing Semi no Ogawa creek before visiting the shrine was a purification ceremony at that time."Akehashi bridge" is said to be named after exorcism, purification, and cleansing.Also, at "Kyu Mitsui-ke Shimogamo Bettei (Former Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa" which stands to the south of Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, a special autumn exhibition is being held.It is a modern architecture that was completed as a villa of a wealthy merchant "Former Mitsui Family" in the Taisho period and is a national important cultural property.During the period, in addition to the garden and the first floor of the main building which are usually open to the public, the Boro on the second and third floors which are not usually open to the public are also specially open to the public.It is held until Tuesday, December 15 (Closed on Wednesdays), and reservation is required only for the 3rd floor tour.On the 2nd floor, there is a full-size exhibition of huge scrolls (replica) by Jakuchu Ito, an artist from the Edo period.If you look at the moss garden with colored leaves from the window of Taisho glass, you may feel like a wealthy merchant.Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine)59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku Ward, Kyoto CityA short walk from the City bus stop, Shimogamo-jinja MaeTadasu-no-Mori Forest59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho , Sakyo Ward , Kyoto City (Shimogamo-jinja Shrine Sando apprpach)Get off at the City bus stop, Shimogamo-jinja Mae, or Tadasu-no-Mori, and walk for 3 minutesKyu Mitsui-ke Shimogamo Bettei (Former Shimogamo villa of Mitsui family)58-2 Shimogamo Miyagawa-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto CityGet off at the City bus stop, Aoibashi-Nishizume, and walk for 5 minutesHere is for Myoken-ji Temple "Special autumn release"
Myoken-ji Temple "Special autumn release"
Nishijin area where temples and shrines stand in the old townscape.It is an out-of-the-way place in the middle of the town where you can view it in a quiet and calm atmosphere during the autumn leaves season.Myoken-ji Temple is holding "Aki no tokubetsu koukai (Special autumn release)" until Sunday, December 6.During the festival, the annual is held along with Myokaku-ji Temple "Marugoto Bijutukan (Whole Art Museum)" and Myoren-ji Temple.Along with the exhibition of temple treasures, works of modern artists and traditional crafts are exhibited, and you can enjoy the artistic space.In addition, in "Yakan Haikan (Night Visit)", 4 gardens such as "Korin Kyokusui no Niwa Garden" are illuminated with colorful lights.At "Goshiki Tsubaki to Matsu no Niwa (garden)" you can experience the sound of Suikinkutsu.Myoken-ji Temple was founded in the late Kamakura period by Nichizo Shonin, a disciple of Nichiren Shonin, the founder of the Nichiren Sect.It was the first Nichiren sect temple in Kyoto and was also known as the imperial temple of the emperor.It has been repeatedly relocated, and after the Honnoji Incident, it was ordered by Hideyoshi Toyotomi to move the temple to its current location.At that time, Lord Hideyoshi rebuilt Myoken-ji Temple into a castle, calling it "Nijo-jo Castle" and used it as an accommodation in Kyoto.It is a hidden famous temple that has been loved by many artists such as Ogata Korin who was a painter in the Edo period.In "Special autumn release" treasures related to Saint Nichiren, which were not open to the public until now, are also on special display.It's nice that you can take your time to visit without getting dense.Nichiren-syu Daihonzan Myoken-ji Temple514 Myokenjimae-cho, Teranouchi-dori Shinmachi-nishi-iru, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City5 minutes walk from Horikawa-Teranouchi bus stop"Special autumn release" will run until Sunday, December 6, 2020.10 o'clock to 16 o'clock , 18 o'clock to 20:30 (Last call at 20 o'clock)*There is an admission fee.
If you want "good meat", go to "Demachi Okada Shokai"
In Japan, the 29th day of each month is called after the play on words from 29 (niku) "Niku no Hi (Meat Day)".Among them, November 29 is the "Ii Niku no Hi (Good Meat Day)".When people in Kyoto say "meat," they mean beef, not pork or chicken.Surprisingly, beef culture has taken root in Kyoto since ancient times."Demachi Okada Shokai" in Demachi Shopping Street is a long-established butcher shop long loved by people in Kyoto.They serve carefully selected Japanese black beef that is "BEST BEEF BEST COOKING (Good meat produces good taste.)".With the motto "Every day is on sale." domestic beef and pork, which are good for the family budget, are displayed in the showcase.There are also croquettes, minced pork cutlet, skewered pork cutlet, ham cutlet, and beef cutlet.If you want, they will fry it at the restaurant, so it is convenient to put it on the table as soon as you get home.You can pour the sauce over the croquettes and eat them right away.If the weather is good, it would be good to eat something hot at the riverside of Kamogawa or a delta just a short walk from the shop.But please be careful because the kite above the Kamogawa River is always aiming at food.For them, every day may be "Ii Niku no Hi (Good Meat Day)".Demachi Okada Shokai239 Seiryu-cho, Imadegawa-agaru, Kawaramachi, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City6 minutes walk from Keihan Demachiyanagi Station
Overlook Kyoto in late autumn with Eizan Cable and Ropeway
Why don't we have a view of Kyoto city in late autumn from the window of the cable car or ropeway?It connects the base of Mt. Hiei and the Cable Yase Station to the middle slope of Mt. Hiei for 1.3 km "Eizan Cable".With a height difference of 561 meters, it is the highest in Japan, and you can enjoy a 9 minute walk in the air to Cable Hiei Station which is the last stop.Eizan Cable is open at night on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays until Sunday, December 6.You can enjoy the night view of Kyoto from the train window of Eizan Cable and Cable Hiei Station.From the mountainside of Mt. Hiei to the Hieizancho Station, take the "Eizan Ropeway" for about 3 minutes and walk 486 meters in the air.As Japan's first "aerial cable", this historic ropeway was introduced in October 1928.It is said that at the time of its opening, it was a route connecting Kosodani and Saito of Enryaku-ji Temple on Mt. Hiei.From the final stop at Hieizan-cho Station, you can take a shuttle bus to the "Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple" World Heritage Site.When I notice, the sound of winter footsteps is coming close.Both the Eizan Cable Line and the Eizan Ropeway will be closed for winter use from Monday, January 4 in 2021.Please go to Hieizan from Yase by then.For details, please check the official website of Eizan Cable Ropeway.https://eizan.keifuku.co.jp/
"Illumination of the world's autumn leaves" at Kyoto Botanical Garden
It is lit up at night in various places during the autumn leaves season.I will introduce you to some of the best spots for autumn leaves in Kyoto that you can enjoy until this weekend.Kyoto Botanical Garden started to light up autumn leaves at night in 2019.For the 2nd year in 2020, the "Illumination of the world's autumn leaves" will be held until Sunday, November 29.The park is usually open until 17 o'clock but has been extended to 20 o'clock (The last entrance is at 19:30.).When it gets dark, the light up points such as Irohamomiji, Yamazakura and Ginkgo will light up.Trees such as cherry maple trees and metasequoia trees native to overseas are also illuminated, creating a fantastic atmosphere.About 200 Japanese maple trees which reflect on the pond water surface surrounding the "Nagagi no Mori" is also wonderful.Around the pond you can see cherry blossoms that bloom in the fall, and the collaboration with the autumn leaves is a feature of this season's botanical garden.The park is large, so it's nice that you can take your time and look around without getting too crowded.Also, don't miss the free night opening of "viewing greenhouse" during the period!The humidity in the greenhouse is set high, and the night greenhouse surrounded by greenery has a jungle atmosphere.From the entrance to the exit, the feeling of jumping into a different world continues.Why don't we go out in the dark and love the plants that are lit up?Kyoto Botanical GardenShimogamo Hangicho, Sakyo-ward, Kyoto-city, KyotoVery close to Kitayama Subway Station"Illumination of the world's autumn leaves" is until Sunday, November 29, 2020, from sunset to 20 o'clock (The last entrance is at 19:30).The "viewing greenhouse" is open free of charge during the night from 17 o'clock to 20 o'clock (The last entrance is at 19:30).*During the period, after 17 o'clock you can enter only from the main gate and the Kitayama gate.
The fine bakery named "Asa okitara Mama no Mama"
Surprisingly, Kyoto is known for boasting the highest level of "bread" consumption in Japan.There are bakeries in various places in "town of bread", and recently there are many shops specializing in high quality bread.One of them is the "Asa okitara Mama no Mama (When she gets up in the morning, she's mommy's mom)" opened across the Kamogawa Gate of the Kyoto Botanical Garden.Mr.Takuya Kishimoto, a popular bakery producer, is said to have created the name."Mama no Mama (Mommy's mom)" means "Granma", you know.At the store, there are 2 kinds of bread, "Freshly Baked Granma" and "Granma's bean bread".The bread dough uses carefully selected ingredients such as milk from Jersey beef, fresh cream, and raw sugar from Okinawa.The bean bread is kneaded with Japanese bush warbler beans of "Anko made in Yamanashi" in Higashiyama Sanjo, Kyoto for a milky taste.In any case, it is recommended to eat it without toasting from the day of purchase to the next day.After that, you can enjoy crunchy and fluffy texture if you slice it a little thicker and toast it. "It is surprisingly delicious when you eat it in the morning." of course, but what excited me was the design of the paper bag.The picture that reminds me of the cover of my favorite foreign picture book series brings back the morning of my childhood.Asa okitara Mama no Mama31 -1 Kamigamo Sakurai-cho, Kita Ward, Kyoto City5 minutes walk from Subway Kitayama Stationhttps://mama-no-mama.com/
Row of ginkgo trees along Horikawa-dori Street that shines in the autumn sky
Speaking of autumn in Kyoto, many people think of autumn leaves.The rows of ginkgo trees in the clear autumn sky are also wonderful.Ginkgo biloba is said to have strong vitality and leaves contain a lot of water.Therefore, it has been treasured in temples and shrines for a long time as a tree to protect from fire.Ginkgo trees are also planted on the street trees here and there, and they become a beautiful golden color in the light.Horikawa-dori is a famous spot where ginkgo trees continue from Imadegawa-dori to Shimei-dori.The median is equipped with a "Horikawa Seseragi Park" along the Horikawa River.From Teranouchi-dori Street to Kamidachiuri-dori Street, there are three parks, the first, the second and the third, and the carpet of ginkgo is nice.The fluttering of ginkgo leaves like cherry blossom blizzard is also very tasteful.It sounds good to enjoy ginkgo hunting instead of autumn leaf hunting while being surrounded by the scent of ginkgo nuts.The logo on the "Tankosha" building in Horikawa Shimei is 2 ginkgo biloba, red and yellow.Tankosha is a publishing company in Kyoto that has a strong connection with the Urasenke, the head family of tea ceremony.In the garden of "Konnichian" the Urasenke tea ceremony house, there is "Sotan Ichou" which is said to be a handmade plant by Sen Sotan.Ginkgo is also known as a symbol of Urasenke and Tankokai.It is only in this season that you can see Tankosha's ginkgo symbol through the ginkgo trees of Shiaki Horikawa.To the north of "Horikawa Seseragi Park" on Shimei-dori Street there is "Shimei Seseragi Park" from Kamo-kaido Road to Shinmachi-dori Street.You can feel the beauty of ginkgo trees in each park, such as a stream flowing between trees and leaves floating on the river.The low flowering trees found in the median strip of Horikawa-dori Street and Shimei-dori Street are part of the Kyoto City roadside trees "Road forestation" project.For the purpose of promoting global warming countermeasures, it is improved by the income of household garbage designated bags.Every time I pick up a yellow garbage bag from Kyoto City, I think I can see a golden ginkgo."紅葉" is read as "Kouyou" "Momiji" in Japanese Kanji."銀杏" is read as "Ichou" "Ginnan" in Japanese Kanji.While admiring the trees dyed in red and yellow, you will be reminded of the depth of the Japanese language.
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