Thursday, April 11, 2024




    I had a chance to visit Yasaka Shrine which is very popular in Kyoto. The image I had about Gion (a district of Kyoto which is one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan), Maiko (a woman who keeps the traditional culture of Kyoto) and Yasaka Shrine was something gorgeous. The other one, Susanoo-no-Mikoto who is a deity appears in Japanese mythology and he killed a great snake called Yamata-no-Orochi which was a rough and violent image. I was surprised to learn that Yasaka shrine enshrined this Susanoo-no Mikoto. Cherry trees were in full blossom in Maruyama Park. We enjoyed walking to the Japanese restaurant where we expected to have lunch.

    We had a pleasant lunch time in the beautiful Japanese room with a nice view of a garden where sometimes cherry blossoms were falling by spring winds. We enjoyed the lunch which looked and tasted so good.

    There was a little Buddha on the dish which was full of camellia flowers on the water in the entrance area. One of my friends told me that April 8th is the birthday of Buddha and people celebrate the day by pouring water on his head. We followed the old custom. It was an enjoyable day.