Tsujikura in Kyoto,Japan

"Kyoto Tsushin" is edited by Tsujikura Online Shop, the traditional Japanese umbrella shop located in Kyoto.
This newsletter offers you special information about Kyoto culture and history of wagasa.
Shimogamo Shrine
Shimogamo Shrine
Shimogamo Shrine
Shimogamo Shrine

Ogasawara Islands and Hiraizumi are registered as World Heritage sites in 2011, and there are a total of 16 World Heritage sites in Japan (as of October 2011). Among these sites, Kyoto possesses most of the sites. Including the world famous Rokuonji (Kinkakuji) and Kiyomizu-dera, 17 properties are registered as the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.
Today, we would like to introduce one of the 17 World Heritage sites in Kyoto, Shimogamo-Jinja.

This shrine's official name is "Kamomioya-Jinja", but commonly called "Shimogamo-Jinja". Although unclear, it is said that the shrine is founded around 90 B.C. (7th year of the Emperor Sujin). This shrine is so old that it appears in the ancient literatures such as "Genji Monogatari" (The Tale of Genji) and "Makura no Soshi"(The Pillow Book).
During Aoi Matsuri, one of three biggest festivals in Kyoto in May, the famous yabusame event is taken place in the shrine. Yabusame is a ritual mounted archery, an archer dressed up in a traditional costume of samurai or court nobles rides on a running horse and shoots at three targets .
This Aoi Matsuri has a long history of being a national festivity since the Heian Period, which is one of the few festivals in Japan remaining traditions of the royal manners.


It is also famous as a shrine to the god of marriage and very popular for wedding ceremony, along with Heian Jingu and Yasaka Jinja. The historical architecture, beautiful tender green and stately ceremonies with live traditional music all make a great commemorative start of the new life.
Another reason to choose Shimogamo Jinja for wedding ceremony is that the bride and gloom are celebrated by lots of tourists visiting the shrine, and its reasonable pricing is the attractive point as well.

Wagasa is commonly used at wedding ceremonies. The big sized nodate-gasa is used at the bride's parade in the shrine. Wagasa is also considered as a symbol of good luck since it spreads out wide toward the end, and has been used as one of the marital packages from old times. And this is why many customers visit Tsujikura to purchase wagasas before the wedding ceremonies.
Some customers bought wagasa as a good luck charm wishing for a sunny wedding day. For any reasons, we are very happy to provide our wagasas for the special event like a wedding ceremony.

Opening Hours 6am - 5pm
Access From Kyoto Station:Take city bus #104, #205, get off at Shimogamo-Jinjya Mae
10 minutes walk from Demachiyanagi-station
Tel +81-75-781-0010