Went to Kamigamo Shrine (Kamowake Ikazuchi Jinja). The oldest shrine in Kyoto, founded at the end of the 7th century during the Yamashiro-no-kuni period, before the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo (Kyoto). Kamigamo Shrine and Shimogamo Shrine, located in the upper reaches of the Kamo River, were collectively known as Kamo Shrine (Kamo-sha), and after the transfer of the capital to Heian period, it was revered as a deity of protection of the imperial castle and the first shrine in Yamashiro Province. Of course, it is a World Heritage Site.
The first and second torii gates of Kamigamo Shrine are located on the northeast side of the gate when viewed from Nagaoka-kyo, the former Imperial Palace. This is the reason why Kamigamo Shrine was regarded as the guardian deity of the capital city.
"Tatesuna Sand" in front of the second torii gate and the "Hosodono Hall" at the back. There are two pairs of sand mountains, one yin and one yang, and they are mysterious. It is said the origin of the sand used for purification, as it represents the sacred mountain where Kamowake Ikazuchiyama God landed. Hosodono (important cultural asset) was used as a resting place for the emperors and abdicated emperors, and also for the Saio Princess during Aoi Matsuri Festival
The Omonoi River flows in the north, and the Mitarashi River, where the purification ritual for the Saiodai Gyokeu-no-gi is held during the Aoi Matsuri Festival, flows in the east and west sides of the main shrine, merging into Narano Ogawa Stream. Hashi(bridge)-dono over the Narano-Ogawa stream and Romon Gate into the main shrine. Both are important cultural properties.
The "Naorai-den Hall" appears after passing through Romon Gate. At the back of the hall is the Honden (main hall), where the deity is enshrined, and the Gonden, which is used as a temporary hall during the Shikinen Sengu (rebuild) ceremony. Both are national treasures (not allowed for photography). The main hall is the prototype for the Nagare style of shrine construction, which accounts for about 60% of all shrines in Japan. The next shikinen sengu will be held in 2036. Today, we went inside and visited the main hall directly.
The Ise Jingu Worshiping from afar is located just outside the main shrine. This year's New Year's worshipping to the Ise Shrine is from Kamigamo Shrine.
From Kamigamo Shrine, took a bus to the main gate of Kyoto University. The number of foreign tourists has decreased, and the city is back to the normal mode it used to be before Coronavirus, so took the bus, which used to avoid because of the heavy crowds. In Kyoto, buses are more developed than subways, probably because there are many historical sites buried here and there.
Had lunch at Kafu, the tempura restaurant located across from the main gate of Kyoto University and in front of the torii gate of Yoshida Shrine. On New Year's Day 2 and 3, the restaurant is open only for lunch and serves tempura and rice bowls.
The tempuras of Kyoto vegetables and wild plants are very delicious here. Kafu is one of the first places go to enjoy the seasons in Kyoto.
Since it's New Year's first day, started with Tomio (sake).
Shrimp tempura rice bawl and mixed tempura rice bawl.
After returning to the hotel, enjoyed "Hanabira Mochi", a famous New Year's cake.
Here's a trivia information. At Kyoto City Subway stations, can charge Suica Card by 10 yen unit (at most other railways, can charge only by 1000 yen), which is convenient for reducing many heavy coins accumulated.
Had wines for the last night in Kyoto. The white wine was DOC Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio from Campana, Southern Italy, "Tears of Christ". It is a minerally, fresh, dry wine made from hand-picked local varieties of falanghina and coda do Volpe grown in black volcanic soil. The wine was a tribute to Pope Gregory I, who encouraged viticulture along the old Appian Way at the end of the 6th century and established a tradition of winemaking.
The 6th century was a time before the relocation of the capital to Kyoto, when the immigrants, Hata and Kamo clans, were in power and Buddhism was introduced to the city. One of the pleasures of wine is researching those origins and histories.
The red wine was made by MAGI, one of Italy's leading wineries, in the northernmost part of Dolomiti. Marzemino, an indigenous variety of Trentino, is vinified after being apassimented (shade-dried). The wine had a rich aroma due to the acidity and appassimento, and a rich yet clean and balanced red. Marzemino is also known as Mozart's favorite wine, and in the opera "Don Giovanni", the main character, Don Giovanni, says, "Versa il vino! Eccellente Marzemino! (Pour me some wine! The best Marzemino!)".
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