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HAVING A STROLL "SAIHO-JI"

"Saiho-ji (西芳寺)" is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple located in Matsuo, Nishikyō Ward, Kyoto, Japan. The temple, which is famed for its moss garden, is commonly referred to as "Koke-dera"

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HAVING A STROLL "KINKAKU-JI TEMPLE"

"Kinkaku-ji(金閣寺; Golden Pavilion Temple)" is also one of World Heritage located in north-western part of Kyoto.

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JAPAN TREND

Quote herewith two News Articles which was provided by Yomiuri Shinbun on 17 Jul and 16 Jul, 2008. One is "Genji's tale inspires emotional stage show dated 17 Jul, 2008" and the other is "Chinese author wins Akutagawa Prize dated 16 Jul, 2008".
I suppose you will be able to feel one of "JAPAN TREND".
Regarding "Chinese author wins Akutagawa Prize"...

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Ancient Lotuses Large Flowers Bloom in Kyoto

Nelumbo nucifera is known by a number of common names, including blue lotus, Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, and sacred water-lily.
I quote herewith Kyoto Shinbun News dated 20 Jul., 2008 regarding "Ancient Lotuses Large Flowers Bloom".
Byodo-in Temple located is in Uji City, Kyoto prefecture and it is one of the "World Heritage".

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Minami-Kannon Yama(南観音山)

As a legend says, "The Kita Kannon Yama is a man, while the Minami Kannon Yama is a woman. Praying for safety of the next day's parade, the Divinity of the Minami-Kannon Yama practices 'Abare Kannon Gyo (where the Kannon statue is swung like a miniature shrine in the midnight parade)'...

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Jyomyou Yama(浄妙山)

The Jyomyou Yama catches the eye with its acrobatic figures. The yama depicts a historic event when a monk warrior, Ichirai Hoshi, leaped over a monk warrior of the Miidera Temple, Jyomyou, on the Uji Bridge to lead the vanguard at the Uji River Battle.

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Kuronushi Yama(黒主山)

The cherry blossoms and pine trees displayed on the Kuronushi Yama create a spring-like atmosphere.

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Suzuka Yama(鈴鹿山)

The old Tokaido route, which connected the old capital area with the eastern area, ran through Suzuka Yama.
One of its chokepoints, Suzuka Toge had many steep paths. Due to this, the area has plenty of historical and notorious episodes as merchants were often attacked by gangs of robbers which may later have been transformed into the Oni, or ogres, of folklore. ...

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An Expedition to "Kyo-Machiya"

COOL JAPANESE SCENE / Kansai & Kyoto (4) / Kansai & Kyoto (6)

Today, I will introduce typical Street Scene in Kyoto.
We can find many "Kyo-Machiya" here and there in the center of Kyoto City Area. Three "Kyo-Machiya" below is located Shimogyo-Ku, near the Kyoto JR Station.
When you will meet these "Street Scene", you might feel typical and traditional Kyoto.

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En-no-Gyoja Yama(役行者山)

The En-no-Gyoja-yama and the Suzuka Yama are from the northernmost Yamahoko-Cho (the towns that keep the floats). The main figure of the float is En-no-Gyoja who has been popular through the ages because he was a practitioner of Shugen-do...

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Hachiman Yama(八幡山)

It is a wonder that the Iwashimizu Hachiman God participates in the festival for the Gods of Yasaka-shrine.
It is, however, evidence of how deeply people in bygone days believed in the Hachiman God. The splendid gold gilt shrine is said to have been made in the Tenmei period (1781-1789) of the late Edo era.

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Koi Yama(鯉山)

In 1992, the Koiyama Hozonkai renewed the yama's front tapestry, Maekake, for the first time in about 400 years.
A reproduction of the rear tapestry, Miokuri, was made the previous year. Both are 16th century Belgian-woven tapestries, which depict characters and scenes from Greek epics.

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Hashibenkei Yama(橋弁慶山)

The figures on this float depict a scene from a very famous story in Japanese history: "Ushiwaka-maru", a young samurai boy, lightly jumped up onto the round-shaped decoration on the handrail of the Gojo Bridge in central Kyoto, while "Benkei", a big monk-warrior in armor, tried to swing down his pole sword against the boy.

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Kita-Kannon Yama(北観音山)

This float and Minami-Kannon Yama of the neighboring block had alternately participated in the procession every other year from the Onin-no-ran Battle in the 15th century until around 1864.
No other yama or hoko floats participated biyearly in the procession.

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Another Three Secrets of "Ryoanji Rock Garden"

I introduced one Secret of "Ryoanji Rock Garden" in this Blog.
But if you check English HP of "Ryoanji Temple", you will be able to find another three Secrets.
The way how to check it is as follows;
a) To access to English HP of "Ryoanji Temple"
b) To click the letter of "石", this Japanese Letter means "Stone" and/or Rock

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The Secret of Ryoanji Garden

The Garden of the photo below is very famous, named "石庭" of "Ryoanji (龍安寺) Temple". "石庭" means a "Sand and Rock Garden".
The Secret of the Garden is as follows; ...

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Fune Hoko(船鉾)

The origin of the Fune Hoko (Fune means "a ship" or "a boat") is a story from Chronicles of Japan: Empress Jingu crossed the sea to conquer the Shilla Kingdom on the Korean Peninsula.

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Iwato Yama(岩戸山)

This drawn float is named after two Japanese mythical stories, "Kuniumi"(Making of the Land) and "Ama-no-iwato" (Heavenly Rock Cave) in the "Kojiki" (Record of Ancient Matters) and "Nihon-shoki" (the second oldest history book about ancient Japan).

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Hohka Hoko(放下鉾)

This name comes from the Hohge priest's image enshrined on the deity platform at the middle of the Shingi pole.
The Hohge priest was a priest who did juggling performances on the street while preaching the faith to the people.

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Yamabushi Yama(山伏山)

The name "Yamabushi," a mountain ascetic, comes from the outfit worn by the deity that is carried on the yama.
Among the 23 floats in Saki-no-Matsuri, the first part of the parade, this yama comes from the northernmost town.

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