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Inspiration: Plum Blossom Festival In Kyoto

Feb. 25th we were fortunate to be in Kyoto and get tickets for the Baika-sai or Plum Blossom Festival.

The festival is held at the Kitanno-Tenangu Shrine built in 1592. The shrine was built for devotion to the God of Learning and to enshrine Poet, Michizane who was about to be exiled to Daiziafu. He wrote the following poem.

When the East wind blows,
For even without their master,
plum blossoms should never forget spring.

Leading up to the shrine, was a market with food stalls, where we sampled delicious  Japanese street food.

My favorite was Takoyaki, which is a savory octopus fritter topped with dried Bonito fish shavings, so yummy.

The shrine has over 1500 Plum Blossom trees.

If that wasn’t enough, there was a Nodate, or outdoor tea ceremony preformed by Geisha and Maiko ( apprentice) geisha where they serve tea to the public.

I thought the rain was going to detract from the event, but the tent became a interesting background.




This was a great thrill to have between 20-30 geisha at close range.

I could have photographed them all day.

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2 Responses to “Inspiration: Plum Blossom Festival In Kyoto”

  1. madeleine says:

    Love it!!!!!!!!!

  2. Teri says:

    Soooo Lovely. I’m with you… I could of photographed them all day. Beautiful shots!

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