Category: Garden

Heian Jingu Shrine

The Heian Jingu Shrine garden, in Winter
We went to the shrine to see how the Japanese people welcome the new year. This place, being one of the major Shinto shrines in town, there were, of course, a lot of people. The garden, on the other hand, was almost empty.

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Plum Blossom at Kitano Tenmangu

The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine was built over 1000 years ago in honor of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and politician who represented the middle Heian period (794 AD – 1185 AD). This is the very first shrine in Japanese history where an actual person was enshrined as a deity.

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Hanami Party, Maruyama Koen

In Japan, Spring is a very special time for everybody. Sure, it’s first and foremost the season of Cherry Blossom. But it’s much more than that. It’s in April that most businesses start their fiscal year. It’s in April that all schools or universities start. And of course, it’s in April that the nature cycle restarts, with flowers popping out of trees everywhere.

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Light up at the Eikan-Do Temple

Quite a number of temples illuminate and open their garden to the public in the evening during the Fall and the Spring. The time is usually limited to a few weeks, and the dates are different for each place. These “Light Ups” are very popular and for good reason.

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