Ayabe Hydrangea Wind Chime Festival
The temple at which this festival is held was built 1,350 years ago in Ayabe City, Kyoto, and belongs to the Koyasan Shingon sect of Buddhism.
In the rainy season, it's host to the Hydrangea Wind Chime Festival, and in summer to the Wind Chime & Pinwheel event.
Entry fee: 300 yen for high school age visitors and up
Kameoka Peace Festival: Hozu River Citizen’s Fireworks Festival
The city of Kameoka holds an peace festival every August to commemorate its June 28, 1955 declaration to be a "World Federation Peace City."
As a part of the event, some 8,000 fireworks are shot into the night sky above Kameoka. Paid spectator seats are available. Pelase check the website for details.
Kikyo Kiln is an old-style ""anagama"" kiln, made by digging a hole in the side of a hill. It was built in 2010 by the pottery artisan Emu Nakai, born and raised in Kameoka, who cleared the cypress forest near her childhood home and stacked the bricks to make the kiln herself.
Nakai fell in love with and trained in yakishime, a traditional technique of making unglazed pottery in a wood kiln that exploits the natural qualities of the clay.In contrast to conventional yakishime pieces which are typically rustic and heavy, Nakai’s are finer and more dainty-looking. They feel surprisingly light to hold and her expert potting and shaving skills are apparent in every detail.
“The beauty of yakishime items is that the more you use them, the more the gloss and color develop, and the more the feel improves. Because the clay is porous, you get a great layer of foam on beer and water tastes smoother. In a yakishime flower vase, the water will last longer too,” says Nakai.
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Ikimi Tenmangu Shrine
Dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, famous as a deity of learning, Ikimi Tenmangu Shrine is the oldest of the Tenmangu shrines in Japan, built during Sugawara Michizane's lifetime. This shrine is said to have found its origins when Takebe Genzo, a figure in the famous kabuki play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami," enshrined Michizane as a living deity to pray for his safe return when he was demoted to a minor post in Dazaifu, in modern-day Kyushu. The tranquil shrine grounds include 15 shrines, including Itsukushima Shrine, dedicated to the goddess of beauty, and Akiba Atago Shrine, which enshrines the god of fire.
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