Today I was in Sakyo-ku and visited the Myoenji Temple. Its on a hill side of and I believe a “must” see for the sakura blossoms season. This is the entrance to the Myoenji Temple (妙円寺) in the Matsugasaki Area of Kyoto!
Originally this gate was inside Fushimi Castle during the period of Toyotomi, but was moved here later. This gate has always remained closed and remains unopened to this day. The gate stands in an upper scale neighbourhood of Sakyo-ku in Kyoto. The villa is called Shinshin-an (真々庵) and is presently owned by Konosuke Matsushita (松下 幸之助), the founder of Panasonic, the largest Japanese consumer electronics company.
The garden was designed by the legendary master gardener Ogawa Jihei (小川治兵衛-1860-1933). According to the “Japanese Garden Dictionary” Ueji, as he was sometimes called was a gardener (niwashi) in Kyoto who played an important role from the middle Meiji to the early Shōwa periods. He was involved in building the Shin’en garden at Heian shrine in 1894-95, and Murin’an garden in 1894-97, in addition to many gardens for members of the imperial family and the nobility, and for wealthy merchants and famous persons.
Before going to Tokyo I searched for plum blossom spots, I made it today to one of them. As soon as we came in the vicinity we could smell the sweet fragrance of the ume blossoms. This is the Ushi Tenjin shrine near Tokyo dome. The ume matsuri celebrates the red variety of plum blossoms, which look striking against the background of the shrine buildings. This tiny shrine in the heart of Tokyo!
Wadatsu Ryûôtarô Masatatsu (Biyû Suikoden)
old school judo training
Aoi no Ue, a character from The Tale of Genji who suffers episodes of spirit possession.
Kaibutsu Ehon (Illustrated Book of Monsters), Nabeta Gyokuei, 1881
Kyudo Uchiokoshi, raising the bow. The archer raises the bow above the head to prepare for the draw.