cherry blossom forecast: (Japanese version only) version only) (Japanese version only)  

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

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”( again this year.

seasonal flowers:

Saturday, October 27, 2012


October 27th is Jusanya(十三夜), which means the night or the moon on the 13th day of the 9th month in the lunar calendar. Along with Jugoya(十五夜), people enjoyed the moon viewing at Jusanya. Unlike Jugoya, this event is unique to Japan. Although it's not as popular as Jugoya, many events including open-air tea ceremonies and gagaku(ancient Japanese court dance and music) performances are held across Japan on this day.

Jusanya Kangetsu-e(十三夜観月会) at Kakurin-ji Temple(鶴林寺) in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture

Goma (Holy Fire) Mass

  an open-air tea ceremony

  Performers change from year to year. A string quartet gave a performance this year. Syomyo(the chanting of Buddhist hymns) was performed last year. Gagaku was performed in 2006.

gagaku performances

photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集

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