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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