The life of Sakamoto Ryoma (坂本龍馬) was a short one, but his name remains as the man who established the monumental work called Saccho Domei (薩長同盟), an alliance between the provinces Satsuma (薩摩, present Kagoshima Prefecture) and Choshu (長州, present Yamaguchi Prefecture), which immeasurably contributed to the Meiji restoration (明治維新). In January of 1866, during his stay in Teradaya (寺田屋, an inn in the Fushimi district), Ryoma was attacked by a troop of assassinators sent from B
In Kyoto, there are many graveyards of emperors and empresses. Those graveyards are called Goryo (御陵) or Misasagi (陵). At a quiet place in the Higashiyama (東山) mountain, the graveyard of the Empress Fujiwara no Teishi (藤原定子), the wife of the Emperor Ichijo (一条天皇), is located. My readers might have heard a name, Seishonagon (清少納言), the author of Makura no Soshi (枕草子), a very famous literature from the Heian (平安) period. She was an imperial court lady who served the empress. In
The most famous place in the Ohara (大原) district in Kyoto is Sanzen-in (三千院) temple. The Sanzen-in temple, founded in the Heian (平安) period, with a deep connection with the imperial court and emperors, is regarded as one of the high ranked temples in Japan. It's also famous for autumn foliage, and currently, fresh greenery of mosses and young maple leaves are very beautiful there. On the premises, the garden called Yuseien (有清園) at which the main hall is located, is now cover
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Have you ever visited the Goou Jinja (護王神社) shrine located at the west side of Gosho (御所, Kyoto Imperial Palace)? The shrine is also called as Inoshishi (いのしし, wild bore) shrine since the messengers of the god there are wild bores.
The god enshrined there is Sir. Wakeno Kiyomaro (和気清麻呂), the major contributor to the establishment of Heiannkyo (平安京, ancient Kyoto) and was deeply trusted by the emperor Kanmu (桓武天皇). There is a myth about Kiyomaro: he had a handicapped leg. Du
Spring in Japan starts with cherry blossoms, followed by peonies, azaleas, wisterias, and irises. Now that all representative beauties are gone, I saw Miyakowasure (都忘れ, Miyako=Kyoto, wasure=forget) flowers at Shinnyodoh (真如堂) temple and they were very beautiful. Though the flower is not so eye-catching that you could easily pass by without noticing, its pale purple color is very pretty and elegant. The name Miyakowasure originates from the story of the emperor Jyuntoku (順徳天皇
Nicknam : AdityaH Your photographer : アラン ALLAN [Photos] Came to the shop on : 5 / 13 Rating : ★★★★★ We booked the location photo shoot with Allan after seeing his portfolio on Yumeyakat a's website, the communication before the day was very smooth and Allan was very accommodating. On the day of the photo shoot, it was pouring rain from the morning and it dampened our spirit as we booked for location photo shoot in Gion District. I thought that the photo shoot will be cancell
When you step into Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社) from the Shijo (四条) street, you always go through this Roumon (楼門, two-storied gate). The Roumon was destroyed by fire in Onin War (応仁の乱, a civil war that lasted from 1467 to 1477, during the Muromachi period) and reestablished in the Meiji (明治) period. Every time I go under this beautiful gate of vermilion red, I feel as if I'm getting close the god. The deity here is said to be responsive to wishes of illness prevention. In this seaso
Embraced in the rich nature, the Saga Toriimoto (嵯峨鳥居本) district, located at a 30 minutes distance on foot from the crowded Arashiyama (嵐山) area, is designated as a Traditional Architectures Preservation District of Japan. The charming townscape consists of Japanese traditional old houses with thatched roofs, attracts us in a crisp cold air of a mountainside. As you see in the picture below, the atmosphere around Hiranoya (平野屋), a famous Ayu (鮎, sweet fish) restaurant, is ext
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