To Daikakuji Temple in Saga area. The temple, which is related to the Royal Family, was established by Emperor Saga, who was the next generation of Emperor Kanmu who moved the capital to Kyoto in 794, as the Imperial Palace Sagain in the early Heian period. After the meeting of Emperor Saga and Kukai, the palace became a temple of the Daikakuji school of the Shingon sect following the establishment of Koyasan and Toji temples. Its formal name is "Former Saga Imperial Palace Daikakuji Temple" and is simply known as the Saga Imperial Palace.
Until the beginning of the Meiji era, it was the prestigious temple where the emperor or royal family served as the chief priest. General entrance and official entrance.
Many pine trees are hand-planted by the royal family.
Imperial Gate where the chrysanthemum pattern is shining golden.
Beautiful painting on sliding doors. Kano school work.
"Godaido" building where can pray safe drive for the parked car (submit a parking ticket from the Daikakuji parking lot) and hand copy Buddhism sutras. Copying Buddhism sutras can be done remotely by mail.
"Osawa Pond" is located right next to Godaido. It is also called Niwako (garden pond) because Emperor Saga followed the model from Tang Ting Lake in the construction of the Imperial Palace Sagain. It seems that at that time the palace was the leader of cutting-edge culture.
The lotus that can be seen in the distance is an ancient lotus called "Nakoso", and it seems to be a unique variety of Daikakuji.
"The moon-viewing evening" began when Emperor Saga floated a boat on Osawa Pond and appreciated the mid-autumn moon with sophisticated people and aristocrats. The event is still held every fall, and this year it will be held on October 1st with a reduced scale. A gorgeous and elegant space.
Returned to the center of Kyoto City and headed to the "Kyoto Machiya Beer Brewery" operated by "Kinshi Masamune" sake brewery. The sake brewing plant moved to Fushimi area, but the beer brewing is still in Nakagyo Ward.
Currently, it only sells beers and has no beer bar. Bought "Hanamachi Beer (Alt Beer) " ...
...And "Hannari IPA".
On the other days, went to "Nishijin Beer Brewery & Tap Room" near Horikawa-dori street, Kamigyo-ku. The brewery is operated by NPO HEROES, which provides employment supports for people with disabilities.
Due to corona, small-scale breweries have reduced beer bar or sales operations, and they are not open weekdays. As visited the brewery they showed the brewing tanks inside. Bought "Silky Weizen" at nearby "Yamaoka Liquor Store".
Further to "Wood Mill Brewery". A micro brewery opened in Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto by a young brewer from Osaka Kotobuki Sake Brewery. This is also not open on weekdays.
Purchased "Yawaragi (relaxing) IPA" at Yamaoka Liquor Store.
Ichijoji Beer Brewery. Seemingly a private house.
Ichijoji Mosaic Golden Ale bought at Yamaoka Liquor store. A delicious beer with a moderate bitterness and hop aroma. Think it's a perfect beer. Yamaoka Liqor Store has everything.
In the evening, headed to Minokichi restaurant in Kawaramachi. Heavy rain in late afternoon was over and Mt. Hiei was clearly visible.
In this season, colored paper prints "The Moon-viewing Evening" at Daikakuji Temple.
Beautiful Kyoto cuisines,
Very good ending of the day.
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