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Yasukuni Jinja - Matsuri (japanese local festival) at Yasukuni Jinja in summer 2014

Yasukuni Jinja - Matsuri (japanese local festival) at Yasukuni Jinja in summer 2014

Gion Matsuri Festival, Kyoto, Japan Takes place all of July, with the parade on july 17th and 24th

Gion Matsuri Festival, Kyoto, Japan Takes place all of July, with the parade on july 17th and 24th

Yatsuhashi sweets, which is made from glutinous rice flour and sugar and filled with red bean paste, produced by Shogoin, has been making the local specialty since 1689. It’s now created a new brand called nikiniki, which features Kamogawa Odori, inspired by the annual spring dance of the same name, which showcases the geisha and maiko from the Pontocho district of Kyoto nd the Aoi Matsuri, or “Hollyhock Festival“, which is one of Kyoto’s three main annual festivals.

Yatsuhashi sweets, which is made from glutinous rice flour and sugar and filled with red bean paste, produced by Shogoin, has been making the local specialty since 1689. It’s now created a new brand called nikiniki, which features Kamogawa Odori, inspired by the annual spring dance of the same name, which showcases the geisha and maiko from the Pontocho district of Kyoto nd the Aoi Matsuri, or “Hollyhock Festival“, which is one of Kyoto’s three main annual festivals.

A guide to visiting Daigoji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

A guide to Daigoji temple in Kyoto, Japan

Festivals in Japan will really add to your travel experience.  This is the Kenka-sai ceremony at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.

Kenka-sai festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Festivals in Japan will really add to your travel experience. This is the Kenka-sai ceremony at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.

Most Japanese people observe rites of the native Shinto religion and those of Buddhism, and even some of Christianity; a person may celebrate a local festival at a Shinto shrine, a wedding at a Christian church or chapel, and a funeral at a Buddhist temple.

Most Japanese people observe rites of the native Shinto religion and those of Buddhism, and even some of Christianity; a person may celebrate a local festival at a Shinto shrine, a wedding at a Christian church or chapel, and a funeral at a Buddhist temple.

Delicious Japanese cakes made by a local baker. Some of them are flavoured with Matcha and Hojicha powder (Tea isn't just for drinking you know.) Which one would you like to try? #obubutea #obubu #Tea #matcha #hojicha #cake #Japan #Kyoto #kizugawa #festival #yummy #food

Delicious Japanese cakes made by a local baker. Some of them are flavoured with Matcha and Hojicha powder (Tea isn't just for drinking you know.) Which one would you like to try? #obubutea #obubu #Tea #matcha #hojicha #cake #Japan #Kyoto #kizugawa #festival #yummy #food

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