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Kyoto Day Trip for September! Local festival in Nashinoki shrine

Kyoto Day Trip  for September! Local festival in Nashinoki shrine

What Kyoto citizen recommend for Kyoto Day Trip in September?



Talking about the special event for the early autumn, I recommend you to go to “Bush Clover” festival in Nashinoki shrine in Kyoto.

Bush clover festival  is the annual event in Nashinoki shrine next to the east of the imperial palace in Kyoto.

It is held in the 4th weekend in September.

It was the second time for me to join this after the interval of 10 years. Unfortunately, it was rainy today, but we enjoyed watching Japanese dancing, and the casual tea ceremony.

 



 

 The bush clovers in September

 

bush clover

We Japanese love the little white & pink bush clovers in September.

It has been described so often in the short poems from over 1000 years ago.

I could find only the few flowers because of the rainy day and the too hot summer this year(2016), and the rectangle cards the short poems are written seemed also less than usual. But it still makes the festival day warm up.

bush clover

Seeing the bush clovers, I remembered my high school teacher who I had met just 10 years ago here by chance.

She had been enjoying volunteer work and her hobby after the retirement, but I’ve heard she passed away one years ago.

I always remember her when I come to Nashinoki shrine.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 Japanese dancing dedicated to the shrine god by children

 

Japanese dancing at Nashinoki shrine Kyoto

The ritual event was held in the morning of the 4th Sunday in September.

Children who are learning Japanese dancing dedicate their performance to the shrine god.

Not only dancing but also Japanese flower arrangement, and dancing were dedicated.

They looked very pretty wearing kimono.

I could hear the sound of dancing until I walked through the path beside the east of imperial palace even in the rainy day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The casual tea ceremony for the bush clover festival.

 

tea ceremony in Kyoto

 The traditional tea ceremony is held every month here, but today’s tea ceremony was more casual one to welcome the tourists and people who don’t learn tea ceremony as well.

We couldn’t see the way of tea, so just like the service for Matcha tea.

Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto

But I was happy to see the beautiful tea utensils and the alcove displayed courteously by the host.

On the fresh water container the plum, chrysanthemum, orchid, and bamboo are painted, a tea bowl of maple leaves, and the tea container made of lacquer with autumn flowers…

 

The sweets made by Tsuruya Yoshonobu was also great.

It is called “koborehagi” which means the overflowing bush clove.

Hearing the name, we could imagine the beautiful bush clovers in full bloom in a tea room even though it’s rainy today.

Japanese sweers for September

This autumn festival is held until today, September 19th 2016.

Japanese dancing and the Noh comedy (kyo-gen) will be dedicated to the shrine god.

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Nashinoki Shrine

Bush clover festival 2017 : September 19th 10am-3pm

Address:京都市上京区寺町通広小路上る染殿町680

 

★1day trip★

9:30   Rock Garden (Ryoanji temple)

10:30 Golden Pavilion

11:20 Kimono&Tea Ceremony at Tea Ceremony Koto

12:30  Lunch near Golden Pavilion

14:00 Visit Nashinoki shrine

15:00 Visit Imperial Palace

15:30 Try Japanese Sake or Sweets at Ozu Kyoto maison de sake



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