Atago-jinja is a Shinto shrine located in Atago-cho Saga ,Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi. It was founded in the opening of the 8th century by En-no-gyoja ,the founder of the Shugendo sect of Buddhism and Taicho Shonin another Shugendo priest, the founder of the Hakusan cult. Today ,Atago-jinja is renowned for the annual 1000-Day Pilgrimage. From July 31 through dawn on August 1,visiting the temple at this time is believed that one shrine visit worth 1,000-time visit.
(Tsurugi-san) is a 1,954.7 m high mountain in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. This mountain is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains and the second highest peak in Shikoku. Mount Tsurugi is one of the centers of Shugendo. On the top of the mountain, there is a small shrine called ‘Tsurugi Jinja’. The Highest Peak of Mt. Tsurugi is a flat grassy plain called a riding ground of the Heike clａn.
The Memanbetsu Airport is an airport in the Memanbetsu section of Ozora Town, Abashiri Country in Hokkaido, Japan. It is operated by the local government. The airport is close to Shiretoko National Park and so has over one million passengers per year. There are Kitami City and Abashiri City nearby.
Tanukidanisan Fudo-in, also known as Tanukidani-no- Ofudo-san, is a Buddhist temple of Shingon sect located in It was founded in 1718. Miyamoto Musashi is a famous swordsman as the founder of Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu and the author of The Book of Five Rings ( Go Rin No Sho) of the early Edo Period. He is said to have undergone ascetic sword training under the waterfall Musashi-no-taki named after him. On July 28 (Tue), a fire-walking festival (Hiwatari Matsuri) is held in the precincts of this temple. About 40 Yamabushi, or mountain ascetic hermits ,take a goma burning ceremony and walk on the smoldering fire with bare foot (hiwatari). General participants can try hiwatari with the aid of Yamabushi while praying for protection from illness and disaster. Amulet of Hiwatari will be provided for free to1,000 participants.
Mount Tsurugi is one of Japan's 100 Famous Peaks. It is located in Toyama Prefecture on the side of the Sea of Japan. It is one of the tallest peak in the Hida Mountains ,also known as Northern Alps , at 2,999 m. It has a pointed and rocky-looking peak and is called the most dangerous mountain in Japan.
The Tai Matsuri or red sea bream festival is a festival of sea men in Toyohama,Minami-Chita Town, Aichi Prefecture. This festival is very unique. Five red sea breams made of white cotton cloth on the bamboo and wooden frames are carried by young men and march through the towns and in the sea. The festival is held on July 25 and 26 at the Toyohama beach of Minami-Chita Town.
The Benzaiten Chokenji,also known as Shima-no-Benten-san, is a temple of the Daigoji School of the Shingon Sect located in Higashi-yanagi-cho, Fushimi-ku,Kyoto. It was built in 1699. Although there are about 5,000 temples in Kyoto, this is the only temple where Benzaiten is the principal image. Benzaiten is a Buddhist goddess of music, learning, eloquence, wealth, longevity, and protection from natural disasters. She is an only female in the Japanese group of seven luckies(shichi-fukujin).. Benzaiten is represented as a woman dressed in a Chinese-style gown and holding a four-stringed lute, biwa. A nude Benzaiten.is to the side of the main image. This is a very rare example, Benzaiten Festival is held in July (the 4th Sunday). Goma amulet burning ceremony is held .by Buddhists trainers. It is one of the three eccentric festivals in southern Kyoto. The main statue of Benzaiten is especially open to the public on the same day. The bright red main gate and cinnabar red earthen wall of this temple are fascinating.
The Tenjin Matsuri will be held on July 25 at the Osaka Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to Sugawara-no-Michizane. This summer festival, having a history of more than 1,000 years, is one of the three greatest and famous festivals of Japan. On the day of the festival, the entire city becomes filled with a festive mood. There are both a land procession (Riku-Togyo) and a boat procession(Funa-Togyo) in this festival. The land procession is a parade of about 3,000 people dressed in the imperial-court style of the 8th Centuries marching beside sacred portable shrines such as Otori-mikosni and Tama-mikoshi ,starting from Tenma Tenmangu through the city of Osaka. The highlight of this festival is the boat procession. When the people board some 100 boats from the approach of the Tenjin Bridge, the ships sail upstream Okawa following a ship called as Gohoren-hoansen which put a divine spirit of Tenjin and turn over under Miyakojima Ohashi, Then the ships goes down the river. After dark, some boats lit up with fires(Kagaribi). The fireworks display(Tenjin Matsuri Hono Hanabi) take place at the same time.
Ceremony for temple treasure airing and special public opening is held on July 25 (Sat) at Shinnyo-do Temple. Shinnyo-do Temple is a temple of the Ten dai sect founded in 984 by Kaisan Shonin. About 200 temple treasures are displayed to the public on that day. Six Sutra(Hokkekyo) scrolls are revered that as the work of the Buddhist artist Unkei in Heian Era. These are designated as National Treasures by the government.
Tateyama truck train is officially called “Tateyama Sabo Erosion Control Works Service Train”. It is the industrial railway line in Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture. This line ,operated by the Tateyama Mountain Area Sabo Office, transports materials and workers for the construction of erosion control facilities of Joganji River,known as the river with lots of floods and debris flows. Naimusho,or Home Ministry ,started to the construction of erosion control facilities as well as the railway line in 1926. Today the line runs between Senjugahara and Mizutani for distance of 18km.
Kegon Waterfall is located at Lake Chuzenji in Nikko National Park in Tochigi Prefecture. There are 48 waterfalls in Nikko, but Kegon waterfall is the most famous among these. It is also one of Japan's three famous waterfalls as well as Nachi waterfall in Wakayama prefecture and Fukuroda waterfall in Ibaragi prefecture. The water falls from 97 meters high. People can get close to the basin of the fall by using an elevator that started its operation in 1930. It was Fujimura Misao to have made the Kegon Waterfall famous. He was 18 years old high school student when jumping into the waterfall in May 1903. He is remembered due to his farewell poem directly on the trunk of a tree.
Akusekijima is an island located in the Tokara Islands. Most of the island is surrounded by steep cliffs and so access to the island is limited to the "Ferry Toshima". The ship only runs twice a week from Kagoshima taking 11 hours. On August 22, 1944, Tsushima Maru, a Japanese passenger/cargo ship, was sunk by torpedoes launched by the submarine USS Bowfin off this island, The ship was carrying hundreds of schoolchildren from Okinawa to Kagoshima. 1,484 civilians including 767 schoolchildren were killed. A monument of this tragedy rests in the island. This island is one of the best observation spots of the Solar eclipse of July 22, 2009.
The Cucumber Purification Festival is held on July 21 and one other day at Jinkoin Temple located in Jinkoin-cho ,Nishigamo, Kita-ku,Kyoto-shi. The temple is also known as Kami-no-kobosan. This festival is a very unique purification ceremony using a cucumber Visitors write down the name of their illness(especially eye diseases) on the paper and wrap cucumber with it. Then they bring it back home and rub the body with illness with the cucumber. It is believed that the illness is gone when they bury the cucumber in the ground of their houses.
Marine Day is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in July. According to the National Holidays law , it is a day of gratitude for the blessings of the oceans and to hope for the economic prosperity of maritime Japan. Originally, Marine Day was celebrated on July 20,but the Happy Monday System legislation moved the date from July 20 to the third Monday of July from 2003. In 1941, July 20 was set aside as Marine Memorial Day. Marine Memorial Day was established on the anniversary of the return of Emperor Meiji to the Port of Yokohama, on the schooner Meiji-Maru, from his tour of the Tohoku and Hokkaido regions in 1876 .
Matsuo Taisha Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Miyamachi Arashiyama, Nishikyo-ku,Kyoto. It was founded in 701 as a family shrine for the Hata clan. The shrine enshrines the deities Oyamakui-no-Mikoto and Ichikishimahime-no-Mikoto. Rice Paddy Festival is held on July 19 (Sun) at this shrine. It is a rice planting ceremony. This ceremony involves three rice-planting girls (Ueme) of around 10 years old from the three local districts. These three girls who are carried on their father’s shoulders , holding the holy seedlings of the rice in their hands, approach the shrine paddy after having done three laps around the front shrine.
The Shinto priest who received seedlings of the rice from the girls at the side of the shrine paddy hands Saotome them. Saotome plants the seedling in the four corners of the shrine paddy . At the same time, fresh seasonal vegetables are offered to the deity and traditional Japanese music is played.
The Mitarashi festival is held in July every year at Shimogamo-jinja Shrine of Kyoto. People pray for the healthy life after putting their feet in the cool water of the stream in the precinct for purification.They give a candle with the fire to the front shrine and pray.
Mount Nantai is in the Nikko National Park. It stands at 2,486 m high. The mountain is popular with hikers However people must pass through a gate at the Futarasan Chugushi Shrine , located on the foot of Mt. Nantai, north side of Lake Chuzenji,to climb the mountain. The gate is open between 5 May and 25 October. This mountain is considered to have been erupted approximately 7000 years ago but it is probably still an active volcano, experts said. Mount Nantai is chosen as the 100 famous mountains in Japan.
The highlight of the Gion Festival is the Floats Parade that takes place on July 17. All 32 floats parade through the city. There are two kinds of floats, yama and hoko. Hoko are huge floats on wheels. They are pulled by people. Some of them are two stories height. Yama are smaller floats carried on the shoulders of people. The Naginata-boko float is the first and a child on the Naginata-boko float cuts sacred rope to start the parade(Shimenawa Kiri) at 9:00.
Futarasan Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in NikkoCity, Tochigi Prefecture. The shrine was founded in 767 by Shodo shonin. It enshrines the mountains Nantai, Nyotai and their child mountain Taro. It is a part of the Temples and Shrines of Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sacred Bridge(Shinkyo) painted red crossing the Daiya River is fascinating. It was first constructed in Nara era. The 28m long and 7.4m wide bridge is the gate to 2 temples and 1 shrine of Nikko. The shrine possesses two short swords (the work of Rai Kunitoshi and the work of Bizen Osafune)that are National treasures of Japan.
The Lake Chuzenji is a lake lying within Nikko National Park in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. This lake is said to be created 20,000 years ago when volcanic Mount Nantai erupted and blocked the river. It is situated at an elevation of 1,237 m with a surface area of 11.62 km². The Daiya River emerges from the lake through the Kegon Falls,97m-high falls.
There is an image of 'Sleeping Cat' at the entrance of Okusha,or Inner Shrine of Toshogu. It is said that this famous sculpture located in Higashi-kairo (East Corridor) was made by Hidari Jingoro who was a legendary sculptor and carpenter in the early Edo period.
The Akama Jingu is a Shinto shrine located in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. It is dedicated to Emperor Antoku who died in the Battle of Dan-no-Ura battled between the Genji clan fleet and the Heike clan fleet on April 25, 1185. The Genji clan fleet defeated the Heike clan fleet. All the important members of Heike clan, together with only 7 year old Antoku ,drowned themselves in the Kanmon Strait. The shrine was built after the war to console the spirit of the suicided people of Heike clan.
Mushi Okuri Festival will be held on July 12 (Sun) at Kuta, Sakyo ward, Kyoto City. Five towns cooperate and organize this festival from 20:00. The festival is representing an old way of extinction of harmful insects that do damage to crops in the field. People hold torch in their hand and play music with bells and drums to get rid of bad insects from the field .
The Nikko Tosho-gu is a Shinto shrine located in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. This shrine is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was built in 1617 during the early Edo period, while Ieyasu's first son Hidetada was the second shogun. Later the third shogun Iemitsu enlarged it .
Xinhua news agency reported, citing local authorities, more than 300 people were injured and more than 10,000 houses collapsed in a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that hit southwest China's Yunnan Province Thursday evening.
The Tokyu Setagaya Line, operated by Tokyu Corporation, is a tramway, running from Sangen-Jaya to Shimo-Takaido, within Setagaya District , Tokyo. The line length is 5.0 km. There are 10 stations including the both ends. The line connects with the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line at Sangen-Jaya Station and with the Odakyū Odawara Line at Yamashita Station.
The Otori Station is a train station located in Nishi Ward, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The station opened on July 18, 1929. It is a junction between the Hanwa Line and the Hagoromo Line. Both lines are operated by JR West. There are 3 island platforms with 5 tracks on the ground.
TheAbiko Kannon is a Buddhist temple located in Abiko 4-chome,Sumiyoshi District, Osaka City. The temple is officially called Abikozan Daisho Kannonji Temple. The Abiko Kannon is well known as Japan's oldest temple of worship for Kannon(goddess of mercy). In ancient time, the powerful clan named Yosami no Abiko was said to have lived in this area. The temple is believed to be named after that clan’s name. It was said that Yosami no Abiko had received a small image of Kannon from the king, named Seimei-oh of the Kudara dynasty of Korea. The people erected a small temple for the deity in 546 and had worshipped it. When Prince Shotoku visited the area later ,he was said to have received a divine message from Kannon. Following to the message, he ordered the people to enlarged the temple. On the eve of the spring equinox, the annual Setsubun ceremony is held at this temple. Visitors pray for the Kannon to repel evil.
State media Xinhua said that death toll has risen to 156 following the riot Sunday evening in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to official sources. The dead include 129 men and 27 women.
Tanabata is a Japanese star festival, derived from China. July 7th is Tanabata in Japan. It celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). Hikoboshi meets Orihime only once a year on this day over the Milky Way. The Milky Way separates these lovers. They are allowed to meet on this day. People celebrate this day by putting up big branches of bamboo with colourful decorations.