Best to visit in January! "Miyako Shichifukujin Meguri"
I encountered Shichifukujin at "Ebisu-bune Junko" of "Gion no Ebesan" which I introduced the other day.Even in "Miyako Shichifukujin Meguri" you can see the Seven Gods of Good Fortune!"Miyako Shichifukujin Meguri" literally means visiting 7 shrines and temples where "Miyako Shichifukujin" is enshrined.It is said that if you visit in the first month of the new year, the merit is especially great.In Kyoto, where the faith of Shichifukujin (Seven Deities of Good Fortune) is said to have started during the Muromachi period, Shichifukujin are familiar to us.Why don't you visit 7 shrines and temples in the city to receive good fortune?You can see "Ebisu no Kami" in "Miyako Shichifukujin" in "Kyoto Ebisu jinja Shrine"!Click here for "Gion no Ebesan" a seasonal tradition of Kyoto in the new year.
A seasonal tradition of Kyoto in the New Year "Gion no Ebessan"
The Seven Gods of Good Fortune on the treasure ship that I wanted to see in my first dream is right in front of me!I waved my hands to the people along the street and asked them to share my blessings with the Seven Gods of Good Fortune who are smiling.At a shopping street on Shijo-dori Street, Fukumusume and others were seen giving away Fukuzasa bamboo grass.Fukuzasa bamboo grass is also presented in front of Ebisusha on January 9th and 10th.When I pick up Fukuzasa bamboo grass with my favorite lucky charms, I feel that the new year has come.I hope your business will be prosperous again this year!
New Year's visit to "Shimogamo-jinja Shrine"
Happy New Year!This is the first New Year's Day since the era name was changed from "Heisei" to "Reiwa".Where did you go for Hatsumode (New Year's visit) ?I went to "Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine)" which is also known as "Kemari Hajime".A realistic mouse is drawn on the large Ema displayed in the Maidono.In addition to the large Ema, there are also books such as "Yatagarasu" and "Reiwa" and "Eto (Oriental zodiac)" which are very impressive!Also, there is a "Eto no Yashiro" in the precincts where you can pray to the god of your own Eto.On January 10, there will be a "Hatsu Eto Matsuri (New Year's First Oriental zodiac Festival)".How about receiving prayers at your "Eto no Yashiro"?Then, I will continue to introduce the life in Kyoto.Thank you.
New Year's Eve in Kyoto. Where do you ring the New Year's Eve bell?
We can hear New Year's Eve Bell heard on New Year's Eve.There are many temples in Kyoto where we can ring the bell ourselves.But, most of them are on a first-come-first-served basis, such as limited to 108 people.Among them, my favorite one is "Rokkakudo Choho-ji Temple".It is a temple which is said to have been founded by Shotokutaishi (Prince Shotoku) and is located in the center of the city of Kyoto.We can ring the bell here without any limit on the number of people.I want to clear my earthly desires and greet a new year with a clean heart.Ladies and gentlemen, please have a happy New Year.We look forward to serving you again in 2020 this "きょうのちしん (KYOTO COLUMN)"!
A Jizo will walk and come to grant my wish!?
December 24 is a day when the world is excited.Do you know it's "Osame No Jizo" day?It is a festival day for Jizo Bosatsu to thank Jizo for a year and pray for a new year of perfect health.The "Kegon-ji Temple (Kegonji)", nicknamed the Suzumushi-dera Temple, has a "Ennichi Hoyo of Jizo Bosatsu".Look at the foot of "Kouhuku Jizo (Happiness Jizo)" at Suzumushi Temple.Surprisingly, he is wearing "Waraji (straw sandals)!When you visit Suzumushi-dera Temple, give your name and address and make a wish.It is said that a Jizo wearing "Waraji (straw sandals)" will come to make your wish come true on foot.When it comes to Christmas, many people think of Santa Claus.I pray at Suzumushi-dera Temple and make a wish.And I would like to look forward to a Kouhuku Jizo (Happiness Jizo) coming by my pillow someday.Suzumushi-ji Temple (Kegon-ji Temple)31 Matsumuro Jie-cho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto CityThree minutes walk from Kyoto bus stop Koke-dera Temple and Suzumushi-dera Temple
To a mystical church Christmas service
There are many historical temples and shrines in Kyoto.Surprisingly, there are also many Japanese Christian churches.As you know, churches are open to the general public, and anyone can go to Sunday worship freely.But I think there are many people who don't have the courage to open the door.I recommend Christmas worship as an opportunity to open it!The contents vary from church to church, such as candle service and hymns by choirs.Why don't you pray for Christmas calmly in the solemn atmosphere?
I wish for a state of perfect health with "Kabocha Taki (boiled Pumpkin)" from "Yatadera Temple"
The year is coming to an end.Why don't you eat pumpkins and stay healthy during the New Year's holiday?I would like to introduce you to "Yata Jizoson (Yatadera Temple)" located in a corner of Teramachi Kyogoku shopping street.This temple has a "Kabocha Kuyo (Pumpkin memorial service)" on December 23.The large "Pumpkin" attracts attention in the precincts.It is said that stroking this pumpkin will bring good luck such as perfect health.On the day of the event, the "Kabocha Taki (boiled Pumpkin)" will be held.It will be given to the first 1000 people.The pumpkin that is cooked softly in a large pot has a sweet and warm taste.Why don't you stop by during shopping at the end of the year or during your outing?Yada Jizoson (Yatadera Temple)523 Tenshojimae-cho, Teramachi-dori Sanjo-agaru, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City3 minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station
Going to "Kiritoshi Shinshindo" in Gion to seek New Year's lucky charms "Fukutama"
For the red-light district of Kyoto, December 13 is "Koto-Hajime (beginning day)" when preparations for the New Year begin.In the Kagai of Gion, there is an original custom that teahouses distribute lucky charms to Maiko and apprentice Geigi.The lucky charm is a pink and white ball called "Fukutama".It is Otoshidama for Maiko and Geigi, and fortune-telling for the New Year is done with "Engimono (lucky charms)" in it.When you see Maiko and Geigi holding it or hanging from the eaves of shops in Gion, you suddenly feel like you are in the New Year!Ordinary people can buy it, so why don't you enjoy the feeling of New Year's earlier?However, it is a rule to break Fukudama after you finish listening to the bell of New Year's Eve.Here is for "Koto Hajime at "Kitano Tenmangu Shrine"
- Kyo koma(tops) making experience
- 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
- Scented sachet crafting experience, delivered by our craftsmen.
- Hanayui(flower head dress)Photo Plan
- KYOYAKI・KIYOMIZUYAKI Kochi painting
- Tote bag dyeing
- Tsumamizaiku [Pinching-craft] flower box making
- Mizuhiki-zaiku's flower card
- Making original mini lanterns
- Experience carving wooden covers of the stamp book