Kyoto Arashiyama Mifune Festival

by Hideo

The Mifune Festival

was held in Arashiyama of Kyoto on May 17th.  The festival originated from the fact that the retired Uda emperor played in a boat in visiting Arashiyama and reproduced to go boating on the Oigawa river near Togetsukyo Bridge.  Mifune literally means three boats and actually traditional performances are held in three boats such as "Gozabune" (roofed pleasure boat), "Ryutosen" (dragon headed boat), and "Gekishusen" (waterfowl neck boat) .

Kyoto Arashiyama Mifune Festival

Kyoto Arashiyama Mifune Festival

The Kurumazaki Shrine

The Festival has been held as the related festival of Kurumazaki Shrine since 1928.  The shaft of cow carriage of Gosaga Emperor broke down in Arashiyama.  The emperor noticed that he passed in front of the shrine without respecting the god and apologized for his rude behavior.  Actually the word "Kurumazaki" refers to "the broken cow carriage".

Kyoto Arashiyama Mifune Festival

If you are interested in Kyoto Arashiyama, Please check Kyoto Arashiyama Best Spot for Cherry Blossoms and Autumn Leaves.

 

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17 May 2015


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Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585.

I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof.
In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships.

When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !

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