2011年11月17日

Kiyomizu Temple-A Traditinal Power Spot

Kiyomizu Temple - A Traditional Power Spot.
It was a crisp Autum Morning. The sky was a shimmering deep blue. I decided to go to my favorite temple in Kyoto, to visit Juichimen Senju Kanon (the demi-god of salvation)
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This demi-god has 11 faces and 1000 arms,and uses them to help people in many different ways. Kiyomizu was built in the 8th centrury and is one of the most popular and beautiful temples all-year-round. I made a few riceballs and grabbed a bottle of tea, put then in my backpack and off I went.

I arrived in front of the huge shrine gate of Yasaka shrine which is at the East end of Shijo Street in Gion. This shrine is famous for the Gion Festival. The 32 gods of the Gion Festival floats reside in this shrine.
At the top of the stairs I found the two "Koma Inu." they are the deifies that protect the shrine. They remind of me the great Sphinx in egypt. I found a small cat looking up at a Komainu. I wonder what he was thinking? Looking up at the burning orange shrine gate contrasting against the autumun sky reminded me of why I love this city so much. :)
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This shrine is known for two things. One is the pure spring at the back of the main building know for its power of making people beatiful. I have seen some Maiko and Geisha come here and splash water on their faces. Of course they didn't have makeup on at that time. ;)

The other reason is because of " En Musubi." This is a power that allows people's relationships to become stronger. People come here to help them in business relationships as well as romance. Which do you think I'm here for.....? ;)))


After praying for (sorry.....I can't say or my wish won't come true) I rang the bell and headed out of the South gate towards Ishibei Kouji. It's about 200 meters on the left. This street is a gorgeous stone paved street lined with Kyoto's machiyas and leads me to "Nene No Michi." I can see a beautiful white wall which calms my heart every time I see it. I turn right there and wave to the people passing by in Rickshaws. Everyone looks so happy and content. In the distance, I can see the oldest 5-tiered Pagoda in Japan.
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I go a little further and can find many cute stores filled with small interesting Japanese trinkets. This is a great place to find something for the people you love. The problem is that this area is always filled with tourists tasting Kyoto's specialties and taking snapshots of each other. Personally, I like watching their fascinated faces. I walk up the slope to Kiyomizu Temple. The smell of incense and the sound of the temple bells welcome me to my second home in Kyoto. The fiery orange of the buildings and wild faces of the gargoyle-like creatures on the corners of the roofs always draw my attention. I have taken so many pictures of them but I can't stop myself. Actually, I see a Maiko walking past. Where's my camera????
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The stage of Kiyomizu temple is also a great place to take pictures. There is a fantastic panorama view of the Higashiyama mountains and Kyoto city. I can see the gorgeous red, yellow and orange leaves from this stage but this temple is even more beautiful in winter. The snow covered Kiyomizu temple is like something out of a fairytale. It is said that you might be able to see the snow princess from Japanese legends wandering through the forest below.
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2011年10月25日

八代目 儀兵衛/Gihei

On Higashiohji Street, accross the street from Yasaka-Shrine, there is a Japanese place "Gihei".
They are so determined to serve rice in perfection with traditional/original/fusion dishes.
Amazed by "Dobinmushi" (clear Japanese broth with Pine mushrooms and Hamo} and of course bowls of rice cooked in their special pot just for us. Great service, location and view besides their passionate creation on each dish. Loved it.

テレビや雑誌によく紹介される、八代目儀兵衛さん。八坂さんが目の前に見える席が二階にあって、四季折々の京都のお料理を楽しんだ後のとにかく最後にいただく”ご飯が主役”のお店。松茸と鱧の土瓶蒸し、特製の釜で炊かれたごはん、そしてなにより料理長のおもてなしの心に大感激でした。うちの宿から歩いて2分程。

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竹林の道/Bamboo Groves

One of the most popular scenes tourists in Kyoto loves to capture...... Yes, bamboo groves!
It was a lovely day trip to Arashiyama/Sagano yesterday. My personal highlights are small bamboo trail in Nembutsuji-Temple and Ashiyu (Foot Spa Onsen) located ON the Arashiyama station platform(!).
Good spirited fatigue from long walk, then petit relaxation right by famous street car "Randen"....will make you feel so KYOTO, too:)

行ってきました、嵐山。大混雑する紅葉シーズンの前の平日、お天気も穏やか。嵐電に揺られ、いっぱい歩いて、まだまだ眩しい竹林の緑と少しだけ色づいてきた紅葉で心の洗濯。帰りの電車に乗る前に、目の前の”駅の足湯”で休憩。気持ちよく疲れが取れて行くのを感じながら、まさに”ほっこり”しました〜。おすすめです。

投稿:Mika

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2011年10月20日

食欲の秋/ Serious Meal Time....

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投稿:Mika
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2011年10月17日

秋です/ Let's FALL in love with Kyoto

Hot hot summer is really gone, now it's fall! The prettiest season in Kyoto is around the corner.....

We managed to survive the first season since we opened our inn this summer and are now very excited to meet and greet more guests at Kiraku Inn. Rooms are getting filled fast but weekdays are still open, please hurry and make sure to have your rooms if you are planning to come see gorgeous leaves turning red and yellow in Kyoto.

We are in the middle of a research "Good eats and drinks in Kyoto"!!! It's fun and yum:) Hope we can help you find great places....

Now I'm off to do some power walk in neighborhood. More calories you burn, more going-out you can plan! Hahaha.


すっかり秋めいて来ましたね〜。

ここの宿がオープンして3ケ月経ちました。試行錯誤しながら厳しい夏のシーズンをなんとか乗り越え、いよいよ紅葉の季節です! おかげさまで当宿も週末は混み合って参りましたが平日はまだ余裕がございます。是非お早めに上洛の計画を! 気楽インで、和やかでホッとできる滞在をなさってください。

食欲の秋、スタッフの間でも近所の美味しいお店探しに熱が入って来ました〜。一階のリビングルームで皆さんとの情報交換も楽しみの一つです。沢山運動してその分、今年も呑むぞ食べるぞ.....。

投稿: Mika

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