Kyoto Daily Photo
This blog is a collection of the photos, showing the daily beauty in Kyoto.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
broccoli at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
A stone basin and wooden spoons, at Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Oni-tile roof at Toji Temple, in Kyoto
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Kibana, a wooden nose, at Kingakuji Temple in Kyoto
Friday, October 19, 2007
Surume, dried squid
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Gifts from the earth
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
People who appreciating a garden at Ohara Hosen-in, Kyoto
Roughly speaking, there are two kinds of gardens in Japan. Some are for enjoying it by walking around them and changing the scenery. The others are for appreciating them just by sitting on tatami mats of a house in front of them and seeing them. This garden is the latter. People go and see such gardens just like enjoying landscape paintings.
Maple leaves and bamboos make the scenery of the garden against the backdrop of the mountain. Both vegetation, maple and bamboo, are one of the best motifs for showing us the exquisite beauty of Kyoto. (Excuse me for too bad photo!!) So this garden is one of popular gardens in Kyoto in autumn.
By the way, here is the photo of the same garden without people in summer.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Zori, traditional shoes for Kimono
These are called Zori in Japanese and we put on them when dressing in kimono, a Japanese cloth. I don't have such shoes because I don't have any kimonos, as well as most Japanese.
These shoes had been quite usual till sixty years ago but now only for those who wear kimono. These are one of the items which remind me of good old Japan.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
A Japanese traditional snack shop
This was taken in front of a Japanese traditional snack shop, selling many kinds of snacks in old-fashioned glass cases with tin plate caps. The snacks contain of Senbei, Okaki, Arare, which usually are baked or fried and taste salty flavored with salt or soy sauce, sometimes with hot pepper. Some of them are sweet, seasoned with some sugar.
By the way, what are the differences between Senbei, Okaki and Arare??
Senbei is popular in Tokyo and the plate is round in shape and harder than Okaki and Arare. It is made of Uruchi-rice, a kind of rice, usually seasoned with soy sauce.
Okaki is popular in Osaka and Kyoto and is square in shape and smaller than Senbei. It is made of Mochi rice. The rice is also used for making Mochi.
Arare is similar to Okaki in taste but smaller than Okaki. It is also made of Mochi rice.
If you have a chance to go to Japan, why not try them??
Monday, October 01, 2007
Theme Day, Cemetery / Tombstone
Here are a few tips about Japanese cemetery....
We usually have a tombstone per a family, not an individual, and the stones have been taken over from our ancestors. The stones are usually in the site of Buddhist temples. We have a custom of visiting the stone once or more in a year to show our respects for our ancestors. Such feeling of awe of the ancestor is from the Shinto religion, Japanese primitive religion, but the graves sit in temples of Buddhist religion, not in shrines of Shinto religion.
Japanese tombstones, came from Shinto religion, have, in nature, no connection with Buddhism. Why do the temples have the cemetery?? Because the government of Edo (1603-1868) used temples as a tool of governance over the multitude. The government of Edo forced each family to set each tombstone in a Buddhist temple. The system had two purposes. One was to force people to believe in Buddhism and prohibit them from believing in Christianity. The other was to make temples to see who died and when, just like register offices today.
Now the system has gone but people has set the stone in temples still now.
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