The temples and shrines in Kyoto have been keeping their rituals and events from the olden days.
They are traditional, sacred and a pleasant experience. We'd like to introduce them every month.
They are worth to visit during your stay.
December 8th is the memorial day when the Buddha Shakamuni achieved enlightenment. On both days, radishes will boiled and served for visitors. (¥1000) It is said that people who eat the radishes of this temple could overcome a severe winter cold.
You can enjoy the various tastes of artistic Kyoto cuisine. Events such as a demonstration of Japanese knives and a traditional Kyoto dance by maiko etc. will be held. Miyako-Messe : http://www.miyakomesse.jp/fureaika/info_english/index_english.html
Nenbutsu, thinking of the Buddha, is a kind of chant incantation. It is performed everyday during the term. Furthermore, you can see a unique and famous statue of the Buddhist saint, Kuya in the treasure room of this temple.
About 5km of the road between Togetsu Bridge and Nison-in Temple in Arashiyama will be illuminated with 2500 lanterns and decorated with some Ikebana displays. Some Temples and shrines are specially opening at night time. Tenryu-ji Temple, Hogen-in Temple, Nishon-in Temple, Horin-ji Temple, Nonomiya Shrine, Jojyakko-ji Temple, Rakushisha Building, Okochi-sanso Garden and Shigureden-hyakunin-isshu Museum.
This is the most famous event on New Year’s eve. You can buy a rope, and light it on fire. People bring the rope home while it is still lit. This sacred fire called “Okerabi” will be used for cooking the next morning on January 1st for a healthy new year.
You may hear the sound of bells ringing for about 15 minutes before midnight at new year. This is called “Joya-no-kane”. The priest of temples ring the bell 108 times before starting the new year to said to clear the person’s 108 worldly desires of this year. You can join this event at some temples [...]