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Fireworks or “ Hanabi - 花火) during the annual Tenjin Matsuri (天神祭) along the Yodo River (淀川) in Osaka. #TenjinMatsuri. #天神祭, #matsuri, #Japan, #Ōsaka, #Fireworks, #Hanabi, #花火,
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Today, Maiko and Geiko of Pontochō Kaburenjo and Gion Higashi Hanamachi performed at Yasaka shrine. #YasakaShrine, #八坂神社, #GionMatsuri, #祇園祭り, #PontochōKaburenjo, #先斗町, #HigashiHanamachi, #祇園東, #Kyoto
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This is the tower gate of the Chionji Temple (智恩寺), At the Entrance of the Amanohashidate (天橋立) Sandbar in Miyazu, Kyoto Prefecture. This gate is the biggest in the Tango area of Kyoto. #ChionjiTemple, #智恩寺, #Amanohashidate, #天橋立, #Miyazu, #宮津市, #Kyoto,
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When the Hanagasa Junkō Parade (花笠巡行) returns to the Yasaka shrine different performances and dances are held. This part of the Gion Matsuri is called Gion Matsuri Gosai (祇園祭後祭). #HanagasaJunkō, #花笠巡行, #GionMatsuri, #祇園祭り, #Kyoto, #Japan, #YasakaShrine, #八坂神社
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Yesterday, I ventured out to Kyoto City, to feel, touch and experience the magic atmosphere of the Yoiyama event of the Gion matsuri. The weather forecast had said that it was going to be cooler and it was. But given the sea of people wanting the same thing, it was hot. #YoiYoiyama, #宵々山, #GionMatsuri, #祇園祭り, #Kyoto, #Japan,
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Gokuraku-ji: Gokuraku-ji (極楽寺), is the second Temple of the 88 Sacred Places of Shikoku Prefecture (四国八十八ヶ所巡り), in Japan. Founded by Gyōki in 815 and visited by Kōbō Daishi when he was 42 years of age. The garden on your left, as you walk towards the main… #Gokurakuji, #極楽寺, #GyōkiBosatsu, #行基菩薩, #KōbōDaishi, #弘法大師, #四国八十八ヶ所巡り, #pilgrimage, #Shikoku, #Japan
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Gokuraku-ji: Gokuraku-ji (極楽寺), is the second Temple of the 88 Sacred Places of Shikoku Prefecture (四国八十八ヶ所巡り), in Japan. Founded by Gyōki in 815 and visited by Kōbō Daishi when he was 42 years of …
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The Moyōshi Taiko drum, Tenjin Masturi in Osaka. They were so wild, I got pushed back a whole meter..... #ŌsakaTenmangūShrine, #大阪天満宮, #TenjinMatsuri. #天神祭, #matsuri, #Japan, #Ōsaka, #MoyōshiTaiko, #催太鼓
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Yesterday, I visited Ōsaka Tenmangū Shrine (大阪天満宮) to scout out the land before the big day on Monday. It was a busy scene at the shrine and around the Oigawa River, getting ready for the Riku-togyo (大阪天満宮 - Land procession), the Funatogyo (船渡御 - Boat procession) and the final climax the Hono Hanabi (奉納花火 - Fireworks). #ŌsakaTenmangūShrine, #大阪天満宮, #TenjinMatsuri. #天神祭, #matsuri, #Japan, #Ōsaka
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Tapestries of Urade Yama (占出山), during the Folding Screen Matsuri (屏風祭り), of Gion Matsuri (祇園祭り) in Kyoto,Japan. Pictured here are the folding screens used on the Urade Yama float. The people on the upper parts are 36 famous poets from 7th to 10th century. Compiled by Fujiwara no Kintō (藤原 公任, 966 – February 4, 1041). Fujiwara no Kintō established the grouping of "Thirty-Six Poetic Geniuses”, including Ariwara no Narihira (在原 業平, 825–880). #YoiYoiyama, #宵々山, #GionMatsuri, #祇園祭り, #Kyoto, #Japan, #Urade Yama, #占出山
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Small video clip of the Yoi, Yoiyama (2016) event from last night of Gion Matsuri (祇園祭り) in Kyoto,Japan. #YoiYoiyama, #宵々山, #GionMatsuri, #祇園祭り, #Kyoto, #Japan,
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Warming up for the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto! This is a Kabuki odori dance (歌舞伎踊) performed by the Maiko san (舞妓さん) of Pontochō Kaburenjo (先斗町) at Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) during Gion Matsuri 2015 (祇園祭り). #Pontochō, #先斗町, #HanagasaJunkō, #花笠巡行, #GionMatsuri, #祇園祭り, #Kyoto, #Japan, #YasakaShrine, #八坂神社
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Ryōzen-ji, the First Temple of the 88 Sacred Places of Shikoku Prefecture, in Japan. Founded by Gyōki in the 8th century and visited by Kōbō Daishi in 815. #Ryōzenji, #霊山寺, #行基, #KōbōDaishi, #弘法大師, #Pilgrimage, #お遍路, #TokushimaPrefecture, #徳島県, #ShikokuPilgrimage, #四国遍路, #Japan,
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Ryōzen-ji (霊山寺): Ryōzen-ji (霊山寺) is the starting point of the Sacred 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage Sites (四国八十八ヶ所巡り) in Tokushima, Japan. This temple is grouped with the “Hosshin no Dōjō” (発心 の 道場) or “Dōj…
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Welcome to Kyoto and Nara Dream Trips, where you will be able to see a traditional and ancient part of Kyoto and Nara that not many travel guides offer.
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Welcome to Kyoto and Nara Dream Trips, where you will be able to see a traditional and ancient part of Kyoto and Nara that not many travel guides offer. This is a community to share your experiences in Japan and to learn more about this often elusive culture. Here you will find information on popular tourist sites of Nara and Kyoto and also the not-so-popular sites which are often equally rewarding. You can also find information posted on the wall about famous Japanese peoples' birthdays, famous historical events, and different odd and widely unknown traditions. Discover a side of Japan which you never knew existed, here at Kyoto and Nara Dream Trips!

I was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and enjoyed my teenage years during the peak of the "Flower Power Hippie" generation. I hitchhiked through Europe, living on a beach south of Agadir, Morocco for some time to learn English.  For most of my adult life, I was a public relations representative for a Christian NGO in the Benelux area. Aside from Japan, I have lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Singapore, just to name a few. I love baking things such as bread, pies, and fruit cakes, and am an avid Blues lover; some of my favorite artists are B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I  enjoy a good movie with a glass of wine or a Belgian Trappist and some Rochefort blue cheese.
 Since September 2012 I have been an honorary member of the " Kyoto Guide Club". I have been living in Japan for almost 25 years; 5 years in Tokyo, and then 20 years here, in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. My aim is to provide information about this extraordinary city to the future traveler. If you have any questions related to Kyoto or Nara, don't hesitate to drop me a line. If you want the ultimate experience, let me drive you around Kyoto, so you can have a safe, exciting journey, and get the most out of your vacation here.

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