Events:

cherry blossom forecast:

https://weathernews.jp/s/topics/201801/170075/ (Japanese version only)

http://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/

https://tenki.jp/sakura/expectation/(Japanese version only)

http://sakura.weathermap.jp/ (Japanese version only)  


when and where to see cherry blossoms (Japanese version only):

https://hanami.walkerplus.com/

https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/hanami/

http://www.otenki.jp/sp/art/sakura/

http://www.rurubu.com/season/spring/sakura/

http://www.jalan.net/theme/sakura/



1-30 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Kyoto
Maiko and geiko dance performances
Advance tickets are available from overseas at:
The performances wil be done at Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”(http://k-pac.org/) again this year.

seasonal flowers:




Wednesday, February 9, 2011

the first horse's day of February (Hatsuuma)

Rituals for agricultural fertility are practiced at Fushimi Inari Taisha(伏見稲荷大社 :the head shrine of Inari in Fushimi) and its sub-shrines throughout Japan on the first horse's day of February (初午, Hatsuuma). The day corresponds to February 8th this year.

A torii is a symbolic Shinto shrine gate which marks the entrance to a sacred area. It literally means "a perch for birds," but its exact origin is unclear.


This is called "1,000 torii(千本鳥居, senbon-torii)," but in reality 10,000 torii line up.
Inari(稲荷) is the god grain, agriculture, trade and manufacture.  Followers of Inari have a custom of donating a wooden torii to Inari. It is said that the custom started from the Edo Period. As a result, 10,000 torii has lined up.


The date of dedication using Japanese traditional era name is written on torii. A visitor estimates that a wooden torii have a useful life-span of 20 years.  It seems that many followers dedicate torii every year.

photos: 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙(Japanese version only)


At Inari shrines, foxes are regarded as the messengers of the god. They hold a key, a gem, ears of rice and a scroll (Buddhist canon) in their mouths.




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