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June 29, 2013 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Local people in the ancient city of Kyoto have cut bamboo stalks with swords at a Buddhist temple, in a traditional rite to pray for a good harvest.

The tradition at Kurama Temple is more than 1000 years old and is based on the legend that a Buddhist monk killed a large snake that tried to attack him.

June blooms decorate Japan

While the ongoing rainy season means staying indoors to some people, for others, it is a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful tapestry of ajisai (hydrangeas), whose colors vary from white to blue to pink to purple – and all shades in between.

Sakura (cherry blossoms) may get the glory, but there are many hydrangea-viewing events happening through the month (until the end of July in some northern regions).

In Kyoto, the 1,284-year-old Gansenji Temple in the southern city of Kizu, was founded by prominent Buddhist monk Gyoki, and is famous for its hydrangea garden, which is beautifully set against a three-story vermillion pagoda.

Edited by : Bill Hurley

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