Enjoy beautiful moon reflected on the surface of the river and in the sky from the boat
Kangetsu-no-yube, the moon-viewing party, is an annual event held in Daikaku-ji Temple where is well known as a flower temple since Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) was originated in this temple. Daikaku-ji Temple was established in 876 in Arashiyama area and it used to be a Rikyu (villa) of Saga emperor at the early Heian period, about 1,200 years ago. Since the premises in the site are really large, there are a lot of enjoyable spots, including a pond with a beautiful garden, a picture of dragon on the ceiling, and some traditional buildings that you can’t miss!
Kangetsu-no-yube (Moon-viewing party) began when Emperor Saga floated a boat on the Osawa-no-ike Pond on the night of the harvest moon and had a party with persons of culture and aristocrats. Enjoy the precious occasion when you can see both the brilliant moon in the night sky and the reflection on the calm surface of the water. An altar from where you can view the moon is set up and Buddhist service under the moon (6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.) is held during the term (referred to an official website). This event will be held during the moon-viewing season (normally in October) for three days.
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