Although Kyoto's Arashiyama district is a famous sightseeing area today, it was rustic countryside 700 years ago. The literal sense of the meaning of Enri-an Hermitage is "a place for those who dislike secular society". A top tanka poet in the Emperor's court, Fujiwara no Teika stayed here in order to choose one hundred tanka poems by one hundred famous poets, and then write them in a beautiful calligraphic style on beautiful, traditional, pieces of colored paper. Teika’s colored papers were highly valued at tea ceremonies in the 16th Century, and widely used for Japanese playing cards in the 18th Century. (Open to public only in late November)
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。