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Good morning everyone! Christmas is drawing near and so is the end of the year, it goes so fast! Saw this Japanese doll in a window in Nene-no-michi in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto. It says "Don't touch"....

Good morning everyone! Christmas is drawing near and so is the end of the year, it goes so fast! Saw this Japanese doll in a window in Nene-no-michi in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto. It says "Don't touch"....

A golden statue for sale in the Kyoto arcade!

A golden statue for sale in the Kyoto arcade!

Proud Kyoto citizens Takashi Okada and granddaughter Mayu dressed for the Aoi Matsuri festival

Proud Kyoto citizens Takashi Okada and granddaughter Mayu dressed for the Aoi Matsuri festival

Saigu Procession at Nonomiya Shrine and Togetsu-kyo Bridge on the 20th of October here in good old Kyoto! In ancient times, the imperial family sent their princesses to Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture to serve as shrine maidens; Based on this history, a gorgeous Heian period procession passes through the Arashiyama area; The procession departs from Nonomiya Shrine at noon and goes over the Togetsu-kyo Bridge, and finally arrives at Arashiyama Port (at 13:30);

Saigu Procession at Nonomiya Shrine and Togetsu-kyo Bridge on the 20th of October here in good old Kyoto! In ancient times, the imperial family sent their princesses to Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture to serve as shrine maidens; Based on this history, a gorgeous Heian period procession passes through the Arashiyama area; The procession departs from Nonomiya Shrine at noon and goes over the Togetsu-kyo Bridge, and finally arrives at Arashiyama Port (at 13:30);

Tengu Masks on display in Kurama station, kyoto

Tengu Masks on display in Kurama station, kyoto

Kyoto | by 小狼

Kyoto | by 小狼

A Japanese doll.   Once during a Dai Gomi run we found a pile of goods that were being thrown away including beautiful boxed Japanese dolls like this one.

A Japanese doll. Once during a Dai Gomi run we found a pile of goods that were being thrown away including beautiful boxed Japanese dolls like this one.

This is the main hall of the Tanukidani temple complex. Tanukidani or "raccoon valley" is situated in the Higashiyama mountains and a short climb from Shisendo temple in Ichijoji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto!

This is the main hall of the Tanukidani temple complex. Tanukidani or "raccoon valley" is situated in the Higashiyama mountains and a short climb from Shisendo temple in Ichijoji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto!

You can see this peach bust in the Seimei shrine along Horikawa dori in Kyoto. Here is the explanation of this Bust: In ancient China and Yin and Yang religion, peaches are said to be the fruit for talismans and to ward off evil. In the Kojiki and Nihon Kojiki (two famous works of ancient Japan) the images of people using peaches to chase away evil spirits can be seen. The bedtime story which most Japanese people know, Momotarou  also derives from this belief.

You can see this peach bust in the Seimei shrine along Horikawa dori in Kyoto. Here is the explanation of this Bust: In ancient China and Yin and Yang religion, peaches are said to be the fruit for talismans and to ward off evil. In the Kojiki and Nihon Kojiki (two famous works of ancient Japan) the images of people using peaches to chase away evil spirits can be seen. The bedtime story which most Japanese people know, Momotarou also derives from this belief.

Kobito Dukan literally means "dwarf encyclopedia" and what bizarre and imaginative dwarves these folk are!

Kobito Dukan literally means "dwarf encyclopedia" and what bizarre and imaginative dwarves these folk are!

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