Kamigoryo shrine (上御霊神社) located in the Kamigyo (上京) ward was established in the Heian (平安) period for the purpose of soothing the vengeful spirits, and also known as the place of the Onin war (応仁の乱) outbreak.
Currently, along the south-channel outside the Tsuiji-bei (築地塀, roofed mud wall), Ichihatsu (一初, 一: one, 初: first) flowers are blooming. The name was given because it blooms the earliest among other breeds in the Iris family.
In the past, the water was running in t
Rating : ★★★★★ Review text : Our family had an amazing experience with Yumeyakata's kimono rental and Gion Locatio n shoot package. The staff are friendly and assisted us very well during the entire process. Althou gh there are a lot of people in the shop already even at 9am, the process was organized and smooth. Our Gion shoot was also a great experience. Makimura Taro-san was patient with our child and he got her to loosen up and smile for the camera despite being shy at fi
From the old times of the Heian (平安) period, the Sagano (嵯峨野) district has been famous for its scenic beauty. The emperors and noblemen at the time often visited this land to compose Tanka (短歌) poems, admire the moon, and exchange good times of drinking. Today, its beauty hasn't changed and I love to take a walk around there. The fresh air and the terrific scenery always makes me feel new. The other day, I found Wisteria flowers blooming. Because of it's classical purple colo
Within the Gion (祇園) district, one of the Hanamachi (花街, districts where Maiko and Geiko reside and work) in Kyoto, there is Kennin-ji (建仁寺) temple, very famous for Fujin Raijin zu Byobu (風神雷神図屏風, a folding screen of Wind God and Thunder God) by Sotatsu TAWARAYA (俵屋宗達), as well as being the first Zen-sect temple in Japan founded by Eisai Zenji (栄西禅師) in 1202. Today, around the Hattou (法堂, lecture hall), peony flowers are blooming all over. Peony has been referred to as a Kin
In 1502, a Heian (平安) period Regent Yorimichi Fujiwara (藤原頼通) received a villa in Uji (宇治) city from his father, Michinaga (道長), and converted it into a Buddhist temple. The temple has been referred to as Gokurakujyodo (極楽浄土, Buddhism Pure Land) since then thanks to its heavenly scenery. If you wish to see beautiful Wisteria flowers, Byodoin is the place to visit. The number of Wisteria flower clusters this year at Byodoin amounts to almost 20 thousands.
In front of Hou-oh
At the foot of Mt. Zenkisan (善気山) among the Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo (東山三十六峰, 36 mountain range), Honen-In (法然院) temple is located. With its quiet and soothing atmosphere, the temple has been loved by many literary persons such as Tanizaki Junichiro (谷崎潤一郎), as well as many scientists. After you go through Sanmon (山門, the first gate), you'll see the beautiful patches of Morizuna (盛砂, ceremonial piles of sand) called Byakusadan (白砂壇) along the path. The wave shaped Morizuna sym
Children in Kimono are so cute, aren't they? Since children grow up very quickly, child Kimono are usually made bigger than the average size, and an arrangement called Kataage (肩揚げ, making tucks at the shoulder to arrange the length) is made. Likewise, the sleeves are made longer and sewn so as not to touch the ground (Sodeage, 袖揚げ). Sometimes Koshiage (腰揚げ, arrangement of Kimono length at waist) are done for infants. According to the growth of the child, the length of Kimono
Musubi (結び, Tying) techniques are deeply rooted in many aspects of Japanese culture, such as knots for Obi (帯) belts for Kimono, decorative knots for Kimono accessories like Obiage/Obijime (帯揚げ/帯締め), Furoshiki (風呂敷, Japanese wrapping cloth) ties, Mizuhiki (水引) ties for Syugibukuro (祝儀袋, special envelope for monetary gifts). In addition, the closing statements of speeches are also referred to as Musubi. Hon-Musubi (本結び), the most basic tying style was already used in the New S
On 12th March, British Hong Konger Blogger Ms. Hannah came to Yumeyakata with her family! She dressed up in a light blue kimono (Kimono - Couple Plan 5500yen) and her husband dressed up in a blue kimono with hemp patterned haori(Kimono - Couple Plan 5500yen). They also shooted at Gion which Gion Location Photo (Gion Plan 26000yen) is the most popular location for photography in Yumeyakata. Otherwise, Ms. Hannah also posted the photos on their instagram. Let's check her instag
Jizoin (地蔵院) temple, built in 1367 by Hosokawa Yoriyuki (細川頼之), the Kanrei (管領, shogun's deputy) of the Muromachi Shogunate (室町幕府), is located in the Nishikyo-ward (西京区), very close to the Kokedera (苔寺) temple and the Suzumushidera (鈴虫寺) temple. The temple is also known as the place where the famous monk Ikkyū-san (一休さん) spent his childhood. Since the temple is surrounded by bamboo forests, the premises are filled with clear fresh air. When a soft breeze blows, it feels so re