Hi! I'm Miyuki, a Japanese woman from Osaka, Japan. This blog is mainly about the introduction of places, events, and various stuff in southern part of Osaka City, Osaka, Kansai, and Japan

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カテゴリ:Kyoto( 15 )

The lobby of Four Seasons Hotel in Kyoto is full of flowers designed by Nicolai Bergmann, a Danish Flower Artist who resides in Japan.
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Four Seasons Hotel Kyot opened last fall.

445-3 Myohoin Maekawa-cho Higashioji-dori Shibutani-sagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0932
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by berry-raspberry | 2017-02-01 00:35 | Kyoto | Comments(0)
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This year, for cherry blossom season, I went to the river bank called “Sewari-tei” . It is in Yawata City in Kyoto prefecture, and it’s around the border between Kyoto Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture.

Three rivers, the Katsura, the Uji, and the Kizu join around this bank.

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Amazingly, there are about 250 cherry trees, about 1.4 kilometers long , and cherry blossoms were in full bloom when I went there.

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It’s about 10 minute walk from Yawata-shi Station on Keihan Line.

Highly recommended!!
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by berry-raspberry | 2016-04-10 20:09 | Kyoto | Comments(0)

Early Summer in Gion, Kyoto

Hanami-koji Area of Gion, Kyoto is the town where there are many highly-ranked Japanese traditional style restaurants.

Only a certain number of group of people enjoy there with the entertainers called Maiko (younger), or Geiko (older).

These exclusive places usually don’t welcome first time visitors.



In the day time, there are many tourists walking.

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At night time, you may encounter real Maiko-sans.
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Definitely, there are more taxis than people.
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by berry-raspberry | 2015-08-13 13:41 | Kyoto | Comments(0)

Kono Shrine in Tango, Kyoto

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One day bus tour is good. We can visit many places and the bus takes us there.
However, we can’t stay longer time as we want to.
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I had been wanting to visit Kono Shrine and Manai Shrine, but when I went there this time, the time was limited. The time there was too short to go to Manai Shrine.
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Kono Shrine is called “Moto Ise”, which means former Ise Shrine. Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture is well known, but before it was settled at that place, it moved from many places to many places. Kono Shrine is the major former Ise Shrine.
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In Shinto world, Amaterasu Ohmikami is in the highest rank. All other shrins follow Ise Shrine no other shrines precede Isa Shrine. So Amaterasu Ohmikami is the highest of all.
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That’s why it’s the important place.
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It’s far from Osaka, but I would like to return to Kono Shrine and Manai Shirne again.
Manai Shrine is said (by some people) that it has something to do with Manna.
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These are very “mysterious” places.

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by berry-raspberry | 2014-01-03 23:06 | Kyoto | Comments(0)

One Day Bus Tour to Japan Sea

I went on a one day bus tour to Kyoto Prefecture on Japan Sea side at the end of last year, which means a few days ago.
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Kyoto City is famous, and very close to Osaka City. Kyoto Prefecture is very big and Japan Sea area is very far away.

The bus left from Tennoji in Osaka City at 7:40 a.m.

We arrived in Amano Hashidate area around a few minutes after 11 o’clock.

Amano Hashidate has one of three Japan’ most beautiful sceneries. It is a very long sand bar which is 3.3 km long, and covered with pine trees. Then we saw Amano Hashidate. There is scenic point on a hill that we could have seen from a higher place, but the tour did not include going there.

The first spot was Monju-do Temple.
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We saw Amano Hashidate from the sea level.
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Then we had lunch near Amano Hashidate.
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The bus took us to Kono shrine,
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a suvenir shop, and this is Amano Hashidate from the shop,
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Amano Hashidate Winery.
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and I had “soft cream”.

The final destination was the branch shrine of Izumo Shrine.
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There were many places to stop, but nobody was late at each place.
The tour went on schedule.
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It was a little rainy when we arrived, but at Izumo Shrine, it started to snow. Right after the bus left for Osaka, it started to snow heavily. This is the weather on Japan Sea side in the winter.
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We returned to Tennoji around 7:00 p.m. Each participant was given crabs, salmon, salmon roe, herring roe, and an abalone from Amano Hashidate just before we left. How nice!

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by berry-raspberry | 2014-01-02 13:32 | Kyoto | Comments(0)
I had Sukiyaki at a certain place in Kyoto.
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Sukiyaki is a popular style in Japan, but what I always have is Kansai style of Sukiyaki.

Here's appetizer:
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Well, this Sukiyaki restaurant is a very distinguished and expensive one.
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The beef they serve is what I can’t afford in everyday life.

This was a kind of special occasion.

This is how we make Sukiyaki in Kansai.


Grease the pot:
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Put sugar in it:
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Fry just a little of meat, and eat. Don't forget to beat the egg.
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Put other ingredients like vegetables and tofu.
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Pour soup called warishita which consists of mirin, soy sauce, and so on.
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Simmer for a while
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Ready!
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Yum!
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by berry-raspberry | 2012-01-31 22:23 | Kyoto | Comments(0)
I introduced Koryuji Temple in the previous article. The origin of this temple is actually not sure, but it is sure that Hata family started this temple.

Some scholars say Koyuji did not started as a Buddhist temple but started as a Shinto shrine.

As a matter of fact, there is a Shinto shrine that is said that Hata family started near Koryuji Temple.
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It’s called Kaiko no Yashiro. Kaiko means silkworm, and Yashiro means shrine.
It is clear that Toraijin brought technology of textile.
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But its official name is “Konoshima ni masu Amateru Mikami Jinja”. It sounds like “Amaterasu Omikami is in this island.” , but I'm not sure.

Anyway, in Kaiko no Yashiro, there is a peculiar object.
Torii, the gate of the shrine is like this, and usually, it’s at the entrance.

Look at this.
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This place is a pond, and there should be water in here, but the water supply was stopped on this day, I don't know when it's open.

The explanation board says there is a theory that this is originated from the Nestorius sect of Christianity, which was brought about 1,300 years ago.
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If the theory is correct, the object represents Trinity.

And this is a Christian shrine, temple, or church.
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This is the pond for purification. In Christian term, for baptism?
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by berry-raspberry | 2012-01-24 18:11 | Kyoto | Comments(0)

Koryuji Temple in Uzumasa, Kyoto

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I went to Kyoto the end of last year, but I did not have enough time to upload anything then.
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Well, this article is about the temple in Kyoto, but I’m going to start with Abiko Kannon in Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka.

In the previous article, I introduced about Abiko Kannon, which is said that Prince Shotoku started. Before he built it in 546, a clan called “Yosamino Abiko” was given a small Kannon statue from Kudara. Kudara used to be a part of Korea.

Similarly, in a Buddhist temple, Koryuji Temple in Uzumaza, Kyoto, there is a statue called “Miroku Bosatsu” It was brought from the Korean Peninsula. It is said Prince Shotoku handed it to Hata Kawakatsu.

Hata Kawakatsu started this temple in 603.

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(This is Taishi-do. "Taishi" means Pricne Shotoku. So, this is Prince Shotoku Hall.")

Hata Kawakatsu was the brain of Prince Shotoku. The statue of Miroku Bosatsu is the very first designated national treasure in Japan.
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Pictures of Miroku Bosatsu and other treasures inside are not allowed to take. I took this picture from the net.

Hata Family was Torai-jin, the people who migrated from the continent to Japan.
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There is an explanation about Koryuji Temple and Hata Kawakatsu,
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but surprisingly, the part of Hata Kawakatsu's explanation erased!
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by berry-raspberry | 2012-01-15 23:07 | Kyoto | Comments(0)
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When I went to Fushimi, I dropped by at a small coffee shop called “Goo”. Japanese pronunciation is [gu:].
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The owner herself makes coffee: good coffee brewed by vacuum coffee maker.
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The coffee was good, and the owner was very friendly.
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It is a very comfortable place…. unless nobody smokes inside.
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There is "Torii" like the one in Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Goo is between Keihan "Fushimi Inari Station " and "Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine".
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-09-20 00:14 | Kyoto | Comments(0)

Fushimi Inari Shirne in Kyoto

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Fushimi Inari Shrine was started in 711, and it is said that it was started by one of Hata Family members, Hata Irogu. Hata family is one of Torai-jin families. Torai-jin means the people who migrated from the direction of Eurasia in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th centuries.
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Unfortunately, the main shrine is under the construction until September 30. There is going to be a big ceremony for 1300th anniversary in October.
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This shrine has lots of lots of Torii.
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Torii means the gates like these. It is said the color of red prevents from evil.
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People and companies have kept dedicating torii to show appreciation, so the number of torii has been increasing.
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There are a lot more on these mountains.
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It takes about 2 hours if you want to go around the whole Fushimi Inari Shrine.


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Why don't you buy a miniature torii at a souvenir shop?

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by berry-raspberry | 2011-09-11 01:34 | Kyoto | Comments(0)