November 25, 2017

Hagoita at the Flea Market Tenjin-san

Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
北野天満宮(京都市上京区馬喰町)

From Japan Brand - Authentic Japanese Products: Do you know the Japanese traditional pastime Hanetsuki (羽根突き) ? This is a popular activity during the New Year? It is a game it involves players hitting badminton shuttlecocks made of soapberry (無患子, mukuroji) seeds and bird feathers using large wooden paddles called Hagoita (羽子板). The Hagoita is usually rectangular in shape. When playing Hanetsuki, since the Hagoita’s movement is similar to the Harau action (祓う, a Japanese expression meaning "drive away"), it is thought to be effective to drive away evil spirits and is thus often used as a charm against evil. (Read more...)

November 20, 2017

Mallards in Autumn Tint Reflection

Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji Temple, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D700 Nikkor VR70-200mm F2.8
永観堂禅林寺(京都市左京区永観堂町)

Zenrin-ji (禅林寺) is the head temple of Jodo-shu Seizan Zenrin-ji sect (浄土宗西山禅林寺派). The temple has more than 1,100 years of history and is dedicated to Amida (阿弥陀). Due to a merciful pose of Mikaeri Amida (見返り阿弥陀, Amitabha looking back), the temple attracts many believers and people throughout the world. The temple is also well-known as "Eikan-dō in Maple Leaves", because of its beautiful garden filled with many maple trees. In late November, many people visit the temple to worship the Amida and enjoy the scenery. (Read more...)

November 18, 2017

Big Ginkgo Tree

Nijō-jō Castle, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D700 Micro Nikkor105mm F2.8
二条城(京都市中京区二条城町)

The World Heritage (世界遺産) Nijō-jō Castle (二条城) in Kyōto is not only a property of Japan, but a common property shared by the whole world. To be able to preserve and hand down this heritage to the next generation, we plan a full-scale repair of cultural properties starting with the National Treasure Ninomaru Palace (国宝二の丸御殿). (Read more...)

November 14, 2017

Antique Masks at the Tenjin-san Flea Market

Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
北野天満宮(京都市上京区馬喰町)

There are many shrine and temple markets throughout Japan, often being held on just one day of the month. The Tenjin-san (天神さん) Flea Market is not only one of the largest in Kyōto, but also in the Kansai (関西) area. Hosting over 1,000 stalls, something is sure to pique your interest! If you're in Kyōto when the market is open, definitely check it out!

November 10, 2017

Dog-shaped Box

Tanakaya Doll Shop, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D700 Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8
田中彌(京都市下京区四条通柳馬場東入る)