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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

2017.08.04
The beautiful Bugaku and Noh play are performed at the stage on the pond in Nara Tōdai-ji temple to commemorate a deed of Emperor Shomu!
’The Emperor Shomu Festival’ is held for Emperor Shomu, for his contribution to the construction of Tōdai-ji Temple and the Great Buddha, on every May
2017.07.27
Emperor Shomu Festival, Nara Tōdai-ji Temple. Don’t miss the 300-Buddhist monks’ procession!
The Emperor Shomu Festival is a Buddhist memorial service held annually for Emperor Shomu on May 2 at Tōdai-ji Temple in Nara Prefecture. The famous G
饅頭まつり
2017.05.20
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, and it is located on the ground of Kongo Shrine (漢
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 the ridges of a gate. Onigawara is a roof ornamen
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2017.04.07
【SPRING】4 Key Places to Visit in Nara During the Cherry Blossom Season
Nara Park is a unique place where you can enjoy shrines,temples, and encounter deers. The Hanami season makes it even more enjoyable. Here are 4 pla
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 as "Taima" in Japanese. ‘Taima’ is a plant of the
Mt. Yoshino
2017.03.15
【SPRING】Why Mt. Yoshino is the Best Spot for Cherry Blossoms in the Nara Area
Mt. Yoshino, was registered as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004; it's especially beautiful during spring when you can view thousands of cherry blo
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 many townhouses from the end of Edo Period to the
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, and it is located on the ground of Kongo Shrine (漢國
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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? Its palm is 2.56 meters and its total height is
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 persimmon leaves, and Narazuke, or Gourd pickles seasoned
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 looks like a bundle of straw. I’ll introduce the chima
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 (A World Heritage Site). The brewery is behind the
Times's place 奈良
2016.09.25
Let’s find unique souvenirs at Time's Place Nara shopping mall.
Time’s Place Nara is a shopping mall located in front of the east gate at Kintetsu Nara station. It reopened after renovation in April 2016. There are
高速餅つき
2016.09.18
This is the traditional Japanese technique for making rice-cakes!
Nakatanido is a Japanese confectionery shop located at the entrance of the Mochiidono shopping arcade and faces Sanjo street near the Sarusawa Pond in