kyoami

kyoami

Writer/ Translator


I love Japanese folkcraft article, traditional handicrafts and antiques. I’m seeking the Japanese people’s religious outlooks and its origins that are behind Japanese people’s unique sense and techniques rooted in the ordinary life.

Articles

饅頭まつり
2017.05.20 NEW
Don’t miss the Manjyu festival and famous Japanese sweets shop中西与三郎(Nakanishi Yosaburou)!
Rin Shrine (林神社) enshrines Jōin RIN (林 浄因) who brought steamed bean-paste buns (Manjyu) from China,
鬼瓦
2017.04.14
Let’s find Onigawara! A part of traditional Japanese architecture at temples in Nara!
When visiting temples in Nara Prefecture, you’ll see ‘Onigawara’ on the roof tops and on the ends of
蔵王堂
2017.04.12
The symbol of Mt.Yoshino! Let’s take a walk around Kinpusenji Temple under the cherry blossoms in full bloom!!
Simo-senbon, Naka-senbon, Kami-senbon and Oku-senbon in Mt.Yoshino all bloom in chronological order
滝桜
2017.04.08
The best place to see cherry blossoms at Mt. Yoshino! Takizakura is a must go spot!!
Mt. Yoshino is well known since the old times for the best cherry blossom site in Japan. Simo-senbo
鹿
2017.04.07
You can see cherry blossoms, deer and temples altogether at Nara Park in the Spring!
When you visit Nara, please stop by Nara Park. You can enjoy the scenery of their shrines and temple
大麻(オオヌサ)
2017.03.30
The mystery of Ōnusa (大麻) used in Shinto rituals.
Ōnusa (大麻) is a tool used for purification at Shinto religious services. Ōnusa (大麻) can also be read
Mt. Yoshino
2017.03.15
Mt. Yoshino in Nara is Japan's best location for viewing cherry blossoms! You can enjoy 30,000 cherry blossom trees!
Mt. Yoshino has many cherry blossom trees as well as 200 different other types of trees. These cher
2017.02.19
Roof tiles that ward off evil called Shōki-san. Tips for finding Shōki-gawara in the Naramachi area!
“Naramachi” is a district that covers one fourth of the south side of the old town of Nara city, and
2017.02.14
The only Manju shrine in Japan! Visit Rin Shrine in Nara to get to know the history of Manju.
Rin Shrine (林神社) enshrines Jōin RIN (林 浄因) who brought steamed bean-paste buns (Manju) from China, a
title_daibutsu
2017.01.19
The Great Buddha is surprisingly big! The beautiful statues at Nara Todai-ji temple.
Nara’s famous Buddha statue is a colossal piece of artwork by 8th century craftsmen. How large is it
2016.12.02
Shika koro-koro, a long-selling product in Nara. That’s a good gift for children.
As food products, Nara Prefecture is famous for Kakinoha-zushi, or Pressed sushi wrapped in persimmo
クロネコならTABI
2016.10.12
Offering a more convenient and comfortable trip! The Kuroneko Nara TABI information center.
Kuroneko Nara TABI is an information center in Nara. It is operated by Yamato Transport Co., Ltd, a
2016.10.03
Ojizo-san, a deity with a red cloth.
You may see statues wearing red bibs while walking in the countryside of Japan. These statues are th
玄関のちまき
2016.10.01
You’ll often see a chimaki at the front door of private houses in Kyoto. This is actually considered an amulet.
because of the bamboo leaves. Chimaki is also an amulet displayed at the entrance of houses and look
2016.09.27
Tasting sake at S. Imanishi Co., Ltd. Harushika brewery in Nara.
S. Imanishi Co., Ltd. is a Japanese sake brewery located about a 5-minute walk from Gangoji temple (