Jonan-gu is a Heian Era Shinto shrine that was built in 794 when the court moved from Nara to Kyoto. It is famous for a Heian style poetry event called Kyokusui-no Utage, held twice a year in the beautiful garden in spring and autumn. A camellia and weeping plum festival takes place at the shrine in February and March. These photos were all taken in mid-March when the shrine is full of plum blossom. Maybe the gorgeous plum blossom will inspire you to write poetry!
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I fell in love with Japan long before I came here in 2003 to teach English, and it has proved to be a lasting romance. I love the history, the traditional architecture, the food, the strange and sometimes ridiculous contrasts, and the beautiful countryside. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and in Kyoto for nine years, and now I live in Machida in Tokyo. I've traveled a little in Japan, but not nearly as much as I'd like to. I like traveling by train, but my favorite way to travel is bicycle.