August 20, 2017

Re-painted Jizō

Saitoku-ji Temple, Kita-ku, Kyōto
SONY Xperia Z3

A priest found a stone statue of Jizō in wind and rain, took pity on it, build a roof for it and painted it white. Shortly after a wart in the face of the priest disappeared and his skin became all beautiful and young. When someone's wish is fulfilled, they often paint the whole body of the statue with white powder.

August 19, 2017

Fireworks at Jizō-bon

Kinugasa Ōharai-chō, Kita-ku, Kyōto
SONY Xperia Z3

After lunch, perhaps the most religious event takes place: juzu-mawashi (数珠まわし). The children sit in a large circle, and pass around a long string of prayer beads to the beat of a religious gong. At night, adults sit out in the street, drinking and gossiping while children play until late, wandering from block to block to see school friends and take part in many nearby Jizō-bon (地蔵盆) festivals. The fireworks are small enough and safe enough to do on the street, and they end with senko hanabi (線香花火), the small, lovely handheld fireworks that burn slowly in patterns that bring to mind flowers or a much larger fireworks display.

August 17, 2017


Seiryō-ji Temple, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

Chinese characters are 栴檀瑞像. Plaques carved with the names of buildings and hung from the eaves of gates or doors. This custom probably began in China during the Qin dynasty (秦朝, Shin-chō). During the Tang dynasty (唐朝, Tou-chō), it became customary for the emperor to offer a framed inscription when a Buddhist temple was built. This custom was transmitted to Japan, where carved wooded plaques can be found at the entrance gates of temples and shrines. One of the oldest examples is at Seiryō-ji (清涼寺). Framed paintings, calligraphy, as well as ema (絵馬), votive paintings of horses and other subjects on wood, were also popularly hung at temples and shrines.

August 14, 2017

Lotus Seed

Ryūhon-ji Temple, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Lotus seeds or lotus nuts are the seeds of plants in the genus Nelumbo, particularly the species Nelumbo nucifera. The seeds are of great importance to East Asian cuisine and are used extensively in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine and in Chinese/Indian desserts. The seeds are most commonly sold in the shelled and dried form. Fresh lotus seeds are relatively uncommon in the market except in areas of lotus root and seed production (such as Upper and Central Sindh of Pakistan), where they are sometimes sold as a raw snack commonly called "Dodee". Raw lotus seeds are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and are a good source of protein, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese. (Read more...)

August 11, 2017

Café Andante

Matsumuro Jike-chō, Nishikyō-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D700 Nikkor 28-70mm F2.8