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SETSUBUNSAI

SETSUBUNSAI
2018/01/12

Setsubun is celebrated in Japan on February 3rd, marking the day before spring with various traditions meant to drive away evil spirits and bad luck and cleanse the home and family for the coming year. Shrines and temples around Japan hold special festivals for the public to come together and participate as a community, and several of these festivals are quite famous in Kyoto. Yoshida Shrine has been beloved by locals since its establishment in 859 as the guardian shrine of the capital city of Heian-kyo. The Setsubun-sai festival there, which has been held for several hundred years to pray for happiness and peace, is visited by approximately 500,000 people every year. It is held for three days, from February 2, the day before Setsubun, to February 4, the day after Setsubun. With approximately 800 stalls open on February 2 and 3, it is an event where you can enjoy a festive atmosphere.         2nd,FEBURARY(fri)   8:00 before ...more

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2018 New Year’s Exhibition Chanoyu Kettles and Related Items

2018 New Year’s Exhibition Chanoyu Kettles and Related Items
2018/01/04

茶 2018 New Year’s Exhibition Chanoyu Kettles and Related Items —Spotlighting Those Favored by the Generations of Urasenke Iemoto—  Simultaneous Exhibition: The Twelve Animals of the Chinese ZodiacSunday 7 January – Sunday 4 March, 2018Well known is the fact that Japan’s chado, or literally “way of tea,” also goes by the name chanoyu, “hot water for tea” — a name which draws our attention to just how basic and important the act of “putting the kettle on” is in order to prepare tea and to enjoy chado. To begin the year 2018, the Chado Research Center is featuring an exhibition of chanoyu kettles favored by the generations of Urasenke iemoto counting from the era of the family’s founder, Sen Rikyu, in the 16th century. Introduced, also, are many of the range of items related to the use of kettles in chanoyu, including portable braziers, frames for sunken hearths, and charcoal-handling equipment. Further adding to the exhibition’s historical interest is a ...more

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Feature Exhibition; Puppies Galore: Celebrating the Year of the Dog

Feature Exhibition; Puppies Galore: Celebrating the Year of the Dog
2017/12/06

Hope you are enjoying winter,Kyoto is also beautiful in winter too. We would like to introduce an exhibition about next year of the dog. Exhibition Title Feature Exhibition; Puppies Galore: Celebrating the Year of the Dog Period December 19, 2017-January 21, 2018 Venue Heisei Chishinkan Wing (The Collections Galleries), Galleries 2F-1, 2 Transportation JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus / Map Closed Closed on Monday Dec. 25, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018. *When Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be opened on Monday and closed on Tuesday. Museum Hours Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.) Friday, Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Entrance until 7:30 p.m.) Admission Adult 520 yen (410 yen) Univ. Student 260 yen (210 yen) (Fees in parentheses are for groups of 20+) *Admission is free for youths of high school age and below. Images from the Exhibit 2018 is the Year of the Dog according to ...more

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Organic Green Tea

Organic Green Tea
2017/11/24

Kyoto is in full autumn now, please come and enjoy. We are proud to introduce,KINGDOM Organic matcha. Authentic Japanese origin,from KYOTO UJI region. Spring first cultivation,highest quality organic matcha. This is the highest quality used mainly in tea ceremonies and buddhist temples. Stone grind into a powder by granite stone mills. Various nutrition,especially catechin,theanine,caffeine,B-carotene,folate,vitamin k. please enjoy the delicate aroma and health benefits of our best hand picked matcha green tea. PRINCE culinary grade,suitable for cooking purposes(latte,cake,iced tea,muffin) slightly bitter due to using leaves lower down on the green tea plant.             anco web site

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“Taisei Hokan 150th anniversary ART AQUARIUM CASTLE ~Kyoto, the Dance of Kingyo~”

“Taisei Hokan 150th anniversary ART AQUARIUM CASTLE ~Kyoto, the Dance of Kingyo~”
2017/11/05

“Taisei Hokan 150th anniversary ART AQUARIUM CASTLE ~Kyoto, the Dance of Kingyo~” Today marks our grand opening! Let’s have a round of applause! The former imperial villa, Nijo-jo Castle is hosting the “Art Aquarium Castle”, after a two year break, to commemorate ‘the 150th anniversari of the Restoration of Imperial Rule (Taisei Hokan)’ – welcoming its guests in style, on a never before seen scale! Brand new works are on display for this special occasion! We’ll be open nonstop between Wednesday 25th October, and Monday 11th December 2017. We look forward to your visit!   Taisei Hokan 150th anniversary ART AQUARIUM CASTLE ~Kyoto, the Dance of Kingyo~ Period: October 25, 2017 (wed) – December 11 (mon) / Open throughout the period Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM (last admission 9:30 PM) Venue: Nijo-jo Castle (Ninomaru Palace Garden, Garden in front of Kitchen, Kitchen) http://artaquarium.jp/en/kyoto2017/

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JIDAI MATSURI October,22th sunday,2017

JIDAI MATSURI October,22th sunday,2017
2017/10/16

A festival held at the Heian Jingu Shrine, the Jidai Matsuri is one of the three largest festivals of Kyoto together with the Aoi Matsuri – Hollyhock Festival (May 15th) and the Gion Matsuri (July 1st – 31st). The highlight of the festival is the Jidai Gyoretsu (Historic Pageant): a mikoshi (a portable shrine) and a suite of some 2,000 people dressed in costumes representing various eras of Kyoto’s 1,200-year history parade through the city. At noon, the procession departs from Kyoto Gosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace), and parades over a total distance of 4.6 kilometers as far as its destination, namely the Heian Jingu Shrine, arriving there around 2:30 in the afternoon. The line of the parading people stretches over a long distance and it takes more than one whole hour for the entire procession to pass one spot. This is a fine opportunity for taking a close look at the costumes, accessories and fittings which are reproduced with the ...more

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Autumn full moon

Autumn full moon
2017/09/13

There is an old custom of celebrating the full moon on the fifteenth day of the eighth month on the traditional Japanese calendar. It’s a very poetic and elegant practice, with people placing ornaments and offerings next to windows, on verandas, and in other places where one can see the moon. Vases are filled with pampas grass and autumnal herbs, and seasonal foods like dumplings, pears, persimmons, and grapes are placed on dishes. Autumn consisted of the seventh, eighth, and ninth months of the year on the old Japanese calendar. The full moon in the middle autumnal month, called chushu no meigetsu, was considered particularly beautiful, as the air became crisper and the heat of summer subsided. The traditional Japanese calendar and the modern one used by countries around the world today are off by about a month. Thus chushu no meigetsu usually falls on September 12. The full moon, though, will actually appear on September 14; it’s not unusual ...more

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OKURIBI

OKURIBI
2017/08/03

The Daimonji Gozan Okuribi (Daimonji Bonfire) is an event held on the evening of August 16th, when gigantic Chinese characters and other motifs are depicted by fires lit to illuminate the surroundings for patrolling on the slopes of the mountains surrounding the Kyoto Basin. It is a famous for evoking the image of a Kyoto summer. Although there are several interpretations as to the origins of this event, it is generally regarded as a fire set alight at the gate for seeing off the souls of ancestors after commemorating the welcoming of their souls. The character of “dai” (meaning “large”) on the Nyoigatake peak, and those of “myo” and “ho”which make up the word “Myo-ho” (wondrous teaching of Buddha) on Matsugasaki Nishiyama and Higashiyama mountains are famous. In addition to these three places, fires are simultaneously set to the character “dai” called near Kinkakuji temple, as well as to a ship-like funagata on the Nishigamo Funeyama, and a toriigata motif ...more

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GION FESTIVAL

GION FESTIVAL
2017/07/04

The Gion Festival is an annual event dedicated to the deity of Yasaka shrine. Throughout its history,Kyoto has suffered many times from all kinds of catastrophic events including epidemics, floods,fires,and earthquakes.To keep the bad omens at bay and the good spirits strong and content,special protective or goryo-e festivals have been held here since ancient times. With its origin dating back to 869,in the early Heian period(794-1185),the Gion Festival is one Japan’s oldest goryo-e.After a series of devastating plagues,the reigning emperor desperately decreed for special prayers to be offered at Yasaka Shrine,one of Kyoto’s oldest and most important goryo-e shrines. The festival became an annual event starting around 970 and,except for brief interruptions,has continued every since.Though the event began as a religious purification ritual,by the end of the Kamakura period(1185-1333) it had also become a way for craft guilds and merchant families to compete in showing off their wealth and tastefulness.Large floats,musicians,dances,comic plays,and artistic treasures were all part of the celebrations ...more

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