Sep. 15, 2023 UPDATE
Kangetsu-no-yube (Moon-viewing party)- 観月の夕べ -
Even if you don’t understand Japanese, you will surely enjoy the elegant atmosphere in this event. Please also check the official English website!
English brochure is available
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PeriodSeptember 29th - October 1st, 2023
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Enjoy the 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 at Daikaku-ji Temple, which is well-known as a flower temple since Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) originated in this temple. Daikaku-ji Temple was established in 876 in the Arashiyama area and it used to be a Rikyu (villa) of the Saga emperor in the early Heian period, about 1,200 years ago. Since the premises on the site are really large, there are a lot of enjoyable spots, including a pond with a beautiful garden, a picture of a 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 people of culture and aristocrats. Enjoy this precious occasion when you can see both the brilliant moon in the night sky and its reflection on the calm surface of the water. An altar from where you can view the moon is set up and a Buddhist service under the moon (6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.) is held during the term (refer to the official website). This event will be held during the moon-viewing season (normally in October) for three days. ▼Click here for Writer's Blog (Part1) http://sharing-kyoto.com/Blog/b_Kangetsu_no_YubePart1/ ▼Click here for Writer's Blog (Part2) http://sharing-kyoto.com/Blog/b_Kangetsu_no_YubePart2/
Ryu-tou Gekishu boat
You can enjoy the boat called Ryu-tou Gekishu which is a boat decorated with the head of a dragon. Boat tickets will be sold around 3 p.m. on the event day (￥1,000/ person) in front of the imperial envoy gate. Please note that the tickets are sold up to 4 tickets per person. Boarding time will be as follows: 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. It is about a 20-minute ride, and you can enjoy both the lotus flowers in the twilight and the beautiful moon after the sunset. *Depending on the weather, the boarding time may take a few minutes, or be canceled.
The picture of Yasuido-tenjyo-unryu-zu
You can see the two styles of ceilings in the Mieido that was moved from Yasui-monzeki Renge-koin Temple in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto in 1871. The dragon with power is painted on the ceiling called Kagami Tenjo whereas delicate and lovely birds and flowers are painted on the other ceiling, called Gou-Tenjo. Although both of them are in the same hall, they have totally different images.
Enjoy the special event for the moon-viewing party
This event will be held to pray for the bumper crop by setting the altar where you can view the moon and give offerings such as sweet dumplings, potatoes, beans, vegetables, teas and flowers. Please enjoy the solemn and sacred atmosphere.