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Sweet, cup decoration, on all the plum flower pattern!

A cup of tea at Baisai, Plum Blossom Festival, has really a delicate scent and taste of a young Spring season.
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Serving a cup of tea at Baisai Festival, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a great warlord of Japanese history, organized the first big outdoor tea ceremony during the plum blossom festival in 1587. This tradition still continues. Nowadays the tea ceremony is performed by Geisha and Maiko from the nearby district of Kamishichiken.
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Geisha (in green kimono) and Maiko talking before the annual big event of Tea ceremony and Plum blossom, which is held at KitanoTenmangu Shrine.
Plum blossoms on the branches and on the hair ornaments of the Maiko.

The plastic reflex adds a feeling of dreaming world.
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Yasaka Pagoda in a windy day.
This wind is called "Haru ichiban", which means Spring number one.
The first wind of Spring is bringing new energy to wake up trees and people, and get ready to a new blooming and a new start.
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Fudo Myo-o is often seen at waterfall spots. He is standing (or seated) on rock appealing his immovable heart  in his faith. Water flows,feelings change, Fudo Myo-o doesn t move!

(Fudo means immovable, and Myo-o is the term for a the Wisdom Kings)
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Stone lantern at Eikando Temple.
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Floating on a winter pond.
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Kemari game was introduced in in Japan from China. Its Chinese origin seems to be before Christ. It became very popular during the Heian period in Kyoto among the aristocracy. The game is played with a ball made of deer skin. In general eight persons a time play together kicking the ball with any part of the body. The most important rule is trying to keep the ball in the air as much as possible.

This photos is of last year 2015, the year od the sheep, as can be seen on the paintings at the side of the shrine. - This year is monkey!)
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Kemari at Kamigamo Shrine is held every year on February. It was a game played by aristocracy with a deer skin ball. 
Before the start of the game, a Shinto priest makes a ritual for the ball. 
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Traditional costumes for a Shinto ceremony.
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