Traditional Poem Ceremony at Jonangu Shrine in Kyoto

If you are in Kyoto now (November 3rd 2016), go to Jonangu Shrine in Kyoto to see Kyokusui no Utage. Kyokusui no Utage is a traditional poem ceremony, where seven “Waka” (Japanese poem, which is longer than a Haiku) masters (5 men, 2 ladies) create and write a poem according to the topic that is provided on the site. And then they need to drink a cup (flat) of Sake, which is coming down from the upper stream.

“Waka” masters will show their skill with a traditional cloth representing Heian era (794 – 1185). Although these poems are in Japanese, it is one of a few opportunities that you can experience and feel traditional ceremonies, which has been passed down from generation to generation.

Kyokusui no Utage will start at 14:00 on November 3rd. And it is free to watch the ceremony.

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