Kyoto TeiJai Christina Greicy
History • The new city, Heian-kyō (平安京 "tranquility and peace capital"), became the seat of Japan's imperial court in 794, beginning the Heian period of Japanese history. • The city was renamed Kyoto ("capital city") • Kyoto remained Japan's capital until the transfer of the government to Edo in 1868 at the time of the Imperial Restoration.
Kyoto • Abundance of prewar buildings • Known for the many Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, lovely gardens • Kyoto Imperial Palace • Kiyomizudera • Heian Shrine
Festivals • The first is the Aoi Matsuri on May 15 • Two months later (July 14 to 17) is the Gion Matsuri, culminating in a massive parade. • Kyoto marks the Bon Festival with the Gozan Okuribi, lighting fires on mountains to guide the spirits home (August 16) • The October 22 Jidai Matsuri, Festival of the Ages, celebrates Kyoto's illustrious past.
The three strokes of the 大 (dai 'large') character are respectively 1st stroke 80m, 2nd stroke 160m and 3rd stroke 120m long, and may be seen from every part of the city
Nishiki Market • More than one hundred shops • Many Kyoto specialties, such as pickles, Japanese sweets, dried food, sushi, and fresh seafood and vegetables are sold.
Kyoto Tower • A popular tourist attraction
Gion • Most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan • Gion geisha refer to themselves as “geiko”; means specifically "a woman of art."
Cuisine • Kyoto is famous for KYO-RYORI, highly sophisticated Japanese traditional cuisine served in KAI-SEKI style • Obanzai &Tofu Ryori • It is characterized by the inclusion of tofu, yuba, Kyoto vegetables, and many other traditional Kyoto ingredients