Walking into the ancient capital of Yasunari Kawabata

Walking into the ancient capital of Yasunari Kawabata

Kyoto is not only Japan's hometown, but also my hometown. -- Yasunari Kawabata

Jinge Temple under Chiyang

when I think of Kyoto, the first thing that comes to mind is Yasunari Kawabata. In his works, there are cherry blossoms in Ping a Shrine, towering bamboo forests, orchards in Beishan, and nanmu in Qinglianyuan. He uses beautiful words to make us feel sorry for the characters in the book. At the same time, it also gives us a taste of Kyoto's ancient temple shrine, flowers, and trees.

walking on the streets of Kyoto, you will have the illusion of being in Kawabata Yasunari's works. Turn the next corner and maybe you will pass by Chiyoko. In such an ancient and elegant city, even in the hot summer, she will not feel hot and bored, but quiet in her simplicity and quietness. Just like that leisurely, slowly, watching time pass by.

some people say that Kyoto is the cinnabar mole in the heart of the Japanese. It is a place of worship for poets and travelers. It is a silent and charming place, a private place, a place hidden behind the wall, a place where you can surely find its beauty, a place whose meaning is as delicate as the Japanese tea ceremony, and hidden under many layers of cues, there will always be a side you have never seen before.


Hasaka Shrine

in the book "Ancient Capital", the adoptive parents told Chiyoko that she was found at the Hasaka Shrine in Giyuan. This shrine, with a long history and flourishing incense, is very popular with businessmen. Countless lanterns on the dance hall will make it dazzling at the night.

the dance hall of the shrine

the annual gion festival described in the book will also be held here, and this grand ceremony has lasted for more than a thousand years. In July every year, people always come unexpectedly and worship piously. It is meant to pray for cleanliness and eliminate the plague.

draw the makeup of a geisha walking on the road

gion Park, the largest geisha district in Kyoto. Walking along the Huajian path, they often encounter geisha with make-up, and as they are about to take the stage, they show the world the ancient art of Japanese song and dance.

walking on the street of gion Park, there are modern buildings on one side and quaint wooden houses on the other. The crowd of modern costumes is interspersed with traditional gorgeous kimonos, and the sense of time and space is fascinating and fascinating.

Qingshui Temple

Qingshui Temple was built by the mountain

the Qingshui Temple not far from the garden is built by the mountain. This temple dedicated to Qinzhou Guanyin is full of cherry blossoms in spring and valiant red maples in autumn. Qingshui Temple is not only a scenic spot for flowers but also a panoramic view of Kyoto.

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the three-year Sakasaka leading to the Qingshui Temple

the three-year-old and two-year-old slopes leading to the Qingshui Temple are two connected slate ramps, full of Kyoto's unique customs. On both sides of the ramp are ancient and traditional Japanese buildings. Sannianzaka is also known as Anzaka because many pregnant women will go to Qingshui Temple to pray for a safe birth.

are there a thousand baryons in the girl walking in front?

in the writings of Yasunari Kawabata, Chiyoko and Shinichi watch the sunset together at Qingshui Temple. The afternoon temple is surrounded by green trees, the sun is sprinkled down the cracks in the branches and leaves, and the girls in brightly colored kimonos are grouped in twos and threes, delicate and gorgeous. It is said that the tea art of Qingshui Temple ranks first in Kyoto, sitting in the mountains drinking matcha in the temple, feeling extremely quiet and comfortable.

people on the bridge now do not know where to see the scenery

if they want to enter the Xiayu Shrine, they have to walk through a native forest since the Heian era, where there are trees and gurgling streams, and the silence is full of aura. Gravel paving in the shrine, small bridges, and stone wells, learn from nature.

the toilet

putting the signature in the water will reveal

the traditional peaceful wedding

not only saw the national treasure building here but also had the honor to witness a traditional peace wedding. There is a river in the shrine, and the words will appear when the paper for divination is put in the river, which is very interesting. This is also the place where the annual sunflower festival is held, this memorial ceremony full of dynastic customs prays for a bumper harvest for people.



Kawabata Yasunari's words have repeatedly expressed praise for the scenery of Lanshan. The cherry maple in the spring and autumn, the bamboo forest in the wild, the river in the verdant mountains, and the misty mist in the morning.

Bamboo groves are always mysterious

Lanshan is not only a famous scenic spot in Kyoto but also a gathering place for aristocratic mansions in the Heian era. There are many monuments here, stop in the bamboo forest of the wild, and you can hear the natural sound of the wind blowing through the bamboo leaves.

you can visit the courtyard gate of the Lanshan scenic spot

the old restaurant in the Lanshan scenic spot is also full of antique elegance. Soup tofu is a local name. A seemingly ordinary tofu restaurant, only to find that the courtyard is deep and has a unique hole. Trees of different shapes, fences made of bamboo, stone lanterns on the gravel floor, and a seemingly inadvertent but elaborate white lotus, there is a kind of artistic conception that "the winding mountain road leads to the quiet place, where the Zen room is hidden with colorful flowers."

the Japanese-style garden art in the courtyard, such as the seemingly light tofu cuisine, embodies exquisite aesthetics everywhere, against the elegant scenery outside the window, as if it is the epitome of the whole Kyoto, everything is so perfect, so appropriate.

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Today's Ancha Tea Room in Kyoto

Kawabata Yasunari's "Thousand Crane" is a performance. In Japanese tea ceremony novels, the characters in the story Fengzi, Fumiko's mother, Jinzi, Juji, and Daocun are all related to the tea ceremony, and all the stories take place in the teahouse. Today, when it comes to the Japanese tea ceremony, people will immediately think of 3000, which are the representatives of the Japanese tea ceremony industry. One of the most important schools in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony is "Li Qianjia". Today's nunnery is the ancestral court of Li Qianjia, which is located in the Ogawa Temple in the Shangjing District of the capital. It was once a place where Qian Lixiu's grandson, Qian Zongdan, took his youngest son to retire. It was originally an extremely small teahouse the size of one or 3/4 tatami mats. Of course, Today's nunnery refers to the whole building complex, and it has gradually become synonymous with thousands of families in the tea ceremony.

some of the tea sets in the Japanese tea ceremony

"Qianhe," writes the Japanese tea ceremony to the extreme, where all the tea sets are alive, trivial, meticulous, fragile, full, and depressed with purple-style feelings of "mourning".

the Japanese tea ceremony has a set of tedious procedures, such as fine grinding of tea leaves, clean tea sets, flower arrangement according to the season and guests' fame, status, seniority, age, cultural upbringing, etc. the movements of the host should be standardized and agile, with a dance-like sense of rhythm and ease, and accurate placement. The Japanese tea ceremony pays attention to a process, which embodies the form, that is, the content. The whole set of tedious operations takes four hours, and it takes at least two years to learn.

for the Japanese tea ceremony, some people indulge in its formal beauty, while others disapprove of its complicated etiquette and rules. This is partly because it is a "wordless art"-no one other than the host and guest opens the narrow entrance (the guest's entrance and exit in the teahouse) or window to visit during the tea event. One subject and one guest can only be judged in the minds of the parties concerned. Everything is in the tea, in the eyes of the confluence after drinking, but the onlookers can't perceive it.

the Japanese hope to improve the quality of their spiritual life through the tea ceremony, but drinking tea itself is not important. "Harmony, respect, clearness and stillness" is the spirit of the Japanese tea ceremony, which is rooted in "silence".

Modern people are more likely to want to do something eye-catching. But the tea ceremony is different, it is even the opposite. The tea ceremony is a very introspective and restrained process, but in this introspective and restrained environment, it also has a very considerate and considerate mind. So when you understand the form of the tea ceremony and the root of its thought, it will give each of us a new perspective think about our current life. Regardless of whether it is related to the tea ceremony itself.