Jun 26, 2014

Gion Festival

Gion Festival, The most famous festival oh Kyoto will come soon!
Here is the schedule:

  • July 7: Shrine visit by chigo children of Ayagasaboko
  • July 10: Lantern parade to welcome mikoshi portable shrines
  • July 10: Mikoshi arai, cleansing of mikoshi by sacred water from the Kamo River
  • July 10 through 13: Building-up of floats(Former parade)
  • July 13 a.m.: Shrine visit by chigo children of Naginataboko (in the morning)
  • July 13 p.m.: Shrine visit by chigo children of Kuse Shrine (in the afternoon)
  • July 14: Yoiyoiyoiyama(Former parade)
  • July 15: Yoiyoiyama(Former parade)
  • July 16: Yoiyama(Former parade)
  • July 16: Yoimiya shinshin hono shinji, dedicative art performances
  • July 17: Parade of yamaboko floats(Former parade)
  • July 17: Parade of mikoshi from Yasaka Shrine to the city
  • July 18 through 20: Building-up of floats(Latter parade)
  • July 21: Yoiyoiyoiyama(Latter parade)
  • July 22: Yoiyoiyama(Latter parade)
  • July 23: Yoiyama(Latter parade)
  • July 24: Parade of yamaboko floats(Latter parade)
  • July 24: Parade of hanagasa or "flower parasols"
  • July 24: Parade of mikoshi from the city to Yasaka Shrine
  • July 28: Mikoshi arai, cleansing of mikoshi by sacred water from the Kamo river
I guess the Yoiyama of July 14-16 are fun for foreign tourists.
The streets are lined with night stalls selling food such as takoyaki, sweets, and many other culinary delights. Many girls dressed in yukata(summer kimono) walk around the area.
During the Yoiyama evenings leading up to the parade, some private houses in the old kimono merchant district open their entryways to the public, exhibiting valuable family heirlooms. This is a precious opportunity to visit and observe traditional Japanese residences of Kyoto.


Jun 21, 2014

Kuroda Seiki on exhibition

At The Museum of Kyoto

June 7th - July 21st
Open: 10am - 6pm, until 7:30pm Friday
Closed: Monday
Admission: 1,200JPY
Access: Subway 3 minutes' walk from the 5th exit of Karasuma Oike Station

*** Kuroda Seiki ***
Leading figure in late 19th to early 20th century Western style painting in Japan, who studied in France, exhibited Japan's first nude.
Perhaps Kuroda's greatest contribution to Japanese culture was the acceptance of Western-style painting he fostered on the part of the Japanese public. Despite their initial reluctance, he was able to convince them to accept the validity of the nude figure as a subject for art.

Jun 2, 2014

Insho Domoto musium

There is a homy museum in North area in Kyoto,which is called`Insho Domoto museum'. It is not so big,not so crowded. Everything in there is just good balance. If you feel tired of too big museum,you'd better to visit and spend time there. His sculptures which are spread in there is also nice to see! Just cute!