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“SAKURA” cherry blossom in Kyoto

Japanese cherry blossoms, “SAKURA”, are very popular in Japan.

Cherry Blossom Front moves northward over the land of Japan from the end of March.

The best time to see the flowers in Kyoto is from the end of March to the beginning of April.

Kyoto has a lot of beautiful SAKURA spots as well as other spots.

Arashiyama area, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Heian-jingu Shrine,

Path of Philosophy,

“Omuro” type, late-blooming cherries, at Ninna-ji Temple.

The peak time changes by the type of flowers or temparature.

You will have a nice time to go and see the full-in-bloom cherry blossoms in Kyoto.

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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!

 

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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?

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Jidai Matsuri/Festival of Ages in October

“Festival of Ages”, called The Jidai Matsuri in Japanese, is a festival of Heian-jingu Shrine

that takes place every year on October 22.

Both the festival and the shrine were established in 1895

to celebrate Kyoto’s history and culture.

It is an event of the costume procession from the Heian era in 781 to the Meiji era in 1868.

The festival is one of Kyoto’s three most famous,

along with the Aoi Matsuri in May and the Gion Matsuri in July.

It consists of a large parade that travels from Kyoto Imperial Palace to Heian-jingu Shrine.

About 2,000 people parade dressed in authentic costumes

representing various periods and characters in Japanese feudal history (for about 2 km for 3 hours.)

The parade begins with characters from the Meiji Restoration in 1868, and then

continues in reverse chronological order until the beginning of the Heian Era in 781.

 

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Autumn Colors in Kyoto

In Kyoto, the leaves of trees are changing colors

around the middle of November to the beginning of December.

There are many places to see beautiful autumn colors.

For example, Togetsu-kyo bridge and Tenryu-ji temple in Arashiyama area.

Nanzen-ji Temple, Eikan-do Temple and Philosopher’s Path,

In the north of the city, you will find good places such as Sanzen-in Temple and Jakko-in Temple.

Red, orange, yellow… Enjoy all of the autumn colors while walking in Kyoto!

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Japanese Cultural Experience at Sakura Urushi-tei

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Japanese Court Music Concert

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

We hold Gagaku concert once in a few months.

Time: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!

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