February 15, 2019

Bibs for the children's health

Shakuzō-ji Temple, Kamigyō-ku, Kyoto
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石像寺(京都市上京区千本通上立売上る)

February 12, 2019

Narcissus

Hirano-jinja Shrine, Kita-ku, Kyōto
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平野神社(京都市北区平野宮本町)

Whether you call them Narcissus, Daffodils, or Jonquils, these cheerful flowers are among the earliest blooms to poke through the frozen soil in early spring. Heralding the warming to come, these flowers remind us that no winter freeze can last forever. Bring a little more life and beauty into your world by embracing all that the Narcissus symbolizes for cultures around the world.

February 09, 2019

Long Wait

Maccha House, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
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抹茶館(京都市中京区河原町通四条上る)

This store specializing in maccha green tea (抹茶) is located in Kyōto's Shijō Kawaramachi (四条河原町), and among the nine branches they have opened mainly in Asia they provide an original menu that has arranged items re-imported from the matcha green tea culture that has developed overseas. Known for using matcha from Kyōto's long-established shop Morihan, on off-days it is so popular that there will be lines several hours long. The most popular item is the matcha tiramisu, in which mascarpone cheese and sponge cake are placed into a masu (枡, traditional square measuring cup) and given a sprinkling of matcha on top. The thick texture with the fragrance of the maccha makes for an exquisite combination and is one of their specialty sweets. The closest station is Kawaramachi Station. (NAVITIME Travel)

February 08, 2019

Oppose Guest Houses Plan

Nishino-Kyō Funazuka-chō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
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民泊反対(京都市中京区西ノ京船塚町)

February 06, 2019

Ema for School Success

Yoshida-jinja Shrine, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto
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吉田神社(京都市左京区吉田神楽岡町)

From Wikipedia: The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period. In 965, Emperor Murakami (村上天皇) ordered that Imperial messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan. These heihaku were initially presented to 16 shrines; and in 991, Emperor Ichijō (一条天皇) added three more shrines to Murakami's list — including Yoshida. From 1871 through 1946, the Yoshida Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-chūsha (官幣中社), meaning that it stood in the second rank of government supported shrines. Yoshida Kanetomo (吉田兼倶), founder of Yoshida Shinto (吉田神道), is buried here. (Read more...)