Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro 2016 is a "Light and Blossom Pathway" event taking place for almost two weeks from this Saturday in the part of Kyoto that leads to Mt. Higashiyama.
Over 2,500 lanterns along with hundreds of ikebana arrangement will line the 5 km (3 mile) path that leads to Higashiyama.
The route goes from Kiyomizu-dera and Chawan-zaka Slope, up Sannei Slope, surrounds Hokanji Temple, goes along the Ishibei Path to Entokuin Temple, to Daiunin Temple, then Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park, then to Chionin Temple and finally Shorenin Temple near Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line.
At the same time, a contemporary ikebana exhibition will be held in Maruyama Park, put on by the Kyoto Ikebana Association. Maruyama Park will be the scene, too, of the magical spectacle of hundreds of floating bamboo lanterns bobbing on the Yoshimizu Stream that flows through the park.
The Kagura Hall at Yasaka Shrine will feature dedication dances by apprentice geisha from the five entertainment districts of Kyoto.
Finally, school children will make a procession along the route on a traditional "fire watch" drill, with wooden clappers, bells and drums, and singing accompanying songs.
Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro 2016 takes place from Saturday March 12 to Monday March 21, 2016, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
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