The 11th Gagaku concert~Music of a Thousand of Years and Kyoto style home cooking~



The 11th Japanese Court Music Concert

~Music of a Thousand of Years and Kyoto style home cooking~

Date: April 14th 6pm~8pm

Fee:2,000yen (adv.) 2,500yen (door.)

Venue: Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei lobby


♪ About Gagaku ♪

Japanese gagaku was established around the year 900, during the Heian era (794ー1192), and since then its traditional performances have been given mainly at the Imperial Court (in Kyoto), Nanto (in Nara), and Shitennoji (in Osaka), which are known as Sanpogakuso (three main music institutes). Y0u can sometimes hear it being played at shrines during special events, but it is even more rare to see a live performance.

Come to the Gagaku Concert to experience and learn more about the tradition of Japanese Imperial Court Music and enjoy authentic Kyoto home-cooking!



AOI Matsuri in May ~The Hollyhock Festival~

The festival is an annual festival of two shrines,

Kamigamo-jinja shrine and Shimogamo-jinja shrine in the north part of Kyoto city in May.

It is one of the three major events along with Gion Matsuri in July and Jidai Matsuri in October.

Aoi Matsuri has two parts :
the shrine rites, which are held throughout the month of May, and the procession.

On May 3rd, “Yabusame-Shinji / Horseback Archery,”

on May 4th, the purification ceremony of “Saio-dai” princess,

on May 5th, “Kurabe-uma-e-Shinji / The Ritual of the Racehorses.”

On May 15th, the well-decorated parade starts from Kyoto Imperial Palace

to Kamigamo-jinja shrine via Shimogamo-jinja shrine.

The festival is named “Aoi Matsuri” since “aoi/hollyhocks” are offered at the festival and

all the shrine buildings and attendants are decorated with hollyhocks.

Come and see this beautiful festival!



GION Festival in July


GION festival is an annual event of Yasaka-jinja shrine in the whole month of July.

It is one of the three biggest festivals of Japan along with

Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka and Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo.

One of the highlights of the festival is “Yamaboko-Junko” parade on the 17th and 24th.

UNESCO designated the “Yamaboko-Junko” on the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In the 3 evenings before each parade,

many lanterns on the floats are lit up and

“Kon-Chiki-Chin” festive music known as “Gion-Bayashi” can be heard around the area.

It is very exciting to watch these “moving museums” closely

because of their elaborate decoration with tapestries, wooden and metal ornaments.

Why don’t you walk around the center of Kyoto city in a festive mood?