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December 1, 2019

The weather is lovely these days here in Kyoto. Today, I would like to introduce you a very popular temple in Kyoto, especially among girls.

The temple is better known by its nickname "Yanagidani Kannon (楊谷観音)" than its official name "Yokokuji (楊谷寺)". It is lo...

October 5, 2019

Being the talk of the town, the famous comic "Kaguya-sama: Love Is War (かぐや様は告らせたい~天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦~)" is cinematized and released as of September 6! The actor and actresses such as Kanna Hashimoto (橋本環奈), Yuto Sano (佐野勇斗), and Rina Asakawa (浅川梨奈) appears in the film in kimo...

August 2, 2019

It’s been severely hot in Kyoto. In such a weather, cool looking sweets are the real treat. The other day, my colleague brought a bar of Yohan (羊羹, sweet bean jelly) to work to share. She gave me one slice of it and it was so pretty! 

Nanajo Kanshundo (七條甘春堂)...

July 28, 2019

It's July. The Gion festival (祇園祭) has begun. At the Iwatoyama (岩戸山) float community where I live, the symbol lantern is lit at the eaves of a restaurant.

The practice of Nikai Bayashi (二階囃子, Gion festival music unique to each float) has begun too. After the K...

July 24, 2019

In Kyoto, we have some confections exclusively available only during the Gion Festival (祇園祭り) season.

For example, the float called Uradeyama (占出山) sells a sweet cake called Kiccho-Ayu (吉兆あゆ, fish shaped pancake with gummy rice cake called Gyuhi inside) manufactured by...

July 20, 2019

Gion Festival (祇園祭り)is a synonym for the sunmer in Kyoto. If you live in Kyoto for a long time, you will find yourself delighted only with watching the enormous Hoko (鉾) and Yama (山) of the festival. In my childhood, I often dreamed about living in one of those Gion fe...

July 20, 2019

The weather has been dull lately. In Kyoto, Sakimaturi (前祭り, the first half of Gion festival) has just finished, and as of July 18, Hokotate (鉾建て, building the festival floats) of Atomaturi (後祭り, the latter half of Gion festival) has begun.

Ohfunaboko (大船鉾) which belong...

July 17, 2019

We YUMEYAKATA conduct "Gion Festival (祇園祭り) Tour with Ms. Beniko, a Former Maiko" every year, and it has become very popular among our customers. The other day, the tour of Sakimatsuri (前祭り, the first half Festival) has been successfully finished. The participants in Y...

July 17, 2019

Byodo-ji (平等寺), otherwise called Inaba-san (因幡さん), is an old temple in Kyoto. The temple is very popular for its benefit of healing illness, especially termninating cancers. 

The Yakushi-Nyorai (薬師如来, the Buddha of Healing), the deity here, is listed as three...

July 12, 2019

Rokudo Chinnoh-ji (六道珍皇寺) temple famous for its Mukaegane (迎え鐘, greeting bell to welcome returning spirits of ancestors during the Obon season), is said to be a gate to the land of deceased people.

Rokudo (六道) means six status of human soul after death, namely, Jigoku ...

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