One of the symbolic events for winter in Kyoto is the DAIKON-DAKI (offering of cooked Japanese radish to public) in Ryorokuji temple in Narutaki district, annually held on December 9th and 10th.
The event was originated from the story of the saint Shinran who gave a preach at this temple and was offered DAIKON DAKI by the delighted parishioners of this temple. In huge pots, cut DAIKONs are boiled until very hot and bubbly. Anticipating the benefit from eating it, especially a benefit of preventing paralysis, the temple was crowded with many visitors.
I wish the happiness and good health for the next year to all my readers!
December is that kind of season indeed...
4 mins on foot from Narutaki-Honmachi, Kyoto city bus
5 mins on foot from Narutaki station, Keifuku line