Arashiyama is an area of Kyoto almost every traveler visits when they come to the ancient capital. In fact, I think many people think of the Bamboo Grove of Arashiyama when they hear the word Kyoto. So ingrained is the image of those bamboos in our minds.
But a lot also happens in Arashiyama during the year, so why not take a look and maybe consider planning your trip to Kyoto around one of these events.
This event held in Kurumazaki Shrine is a chance to see what kind of a boat parade they used to have for the emperor in this part of Japan. A woman is chosen to be the author of The Pillow Book, Sei Shonagon, and she ten sits on a colorfully decorated boat and goes down the river.
There are around 20 boats, and besides Sei Shonagon there are also musicians and dancers on the boats. The river is held every year on the third Sunday of May, so if you happen to be in Japan during that time we hope you will take some time to see this colorful event.
Cormorant fishing is an old way of fishing where cormorant birds are used to catch the fish. This ancient way of fishing is no more used as a way of livelihood, but it’s mainly an event and a sight for people to experience. Some people even say fish caught by the birds taste fresher.
This event takes place in Arashiyama from July to September, and it’s a sight, especially with the huge fire hanging from the front of the boat which lights the scene for the people on the boat, the birds, and for us onlookers too.
Arashiyama ukai (Cormorant fishing)
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