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[Kyoto Event Information/11/23~25] Wabisabi Experience will be held at the phantom capital “Kyoningu Shrine -KUNIKYU-”

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We will be holding an event where you can experience Japan's old history and culture at Kunikyu, the mythical capital located in the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture, close to Nara Prefecture.

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During the Nara period, Kunikyu became the capital during a turbulent time due to epidemics and political instability.It is called the "Phantom City'' because it was an unfinished city. .

Even today, we will be holding a 3-day event where you can enjoy Japanese culture and history through 3 Wabisabi Experience programs at the ruins of Kunikyu Shrine, where the foundation stones from that time still remain.

・Event special site: https://www.knt.co.jp/ec/minamiyamashiro_event/#event1

・Venue map & day's program:


・Shuttle bus timetable & model course:


■Illusionary City “-KUNIKYU-” Wabisabi Experience


Date: Thursday, November 23rd, 2023 - Saturday, November 25th, 2023, 11:00-16:00 (until 15:00 on the last day)

Venue: Historical site Kunikyu Shrine Ruins (Reihei, Kamo-cho, Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture)

Access: 30 minutes walk from JR Yamato Line “Kamo” station

Free shuttle bus: Shuttle bus operates from JR Kizu Station

Free admission to the event (some charges apply)

●Timetrip Experience: AR experience/Tempyo costume experience/Hanging shop -TSURIMISE-/Kyojingu walking tour (November 23rd/25th only), Tile making experience

●Tea Experience: Matcha art experience/Nodate matcha experience

●Flower Experience (Infiorata): Flower art production experience (*November 23rd only)/Art appreciation (*November 24th-25th)

[Program: Details]

●Timetrip Experience

[Timetrip on your smartphone! Yamashiro Kokubunji/Seven-story pagoda AR experience]

Utilizing AR technology, the Yamashiro Kokubunji Temple/Seven-storied Pagoda, which was built on the site of Kunikyu, was restored. When you stand in front of the seven-storied pagoda cornerstone wearing Tenpyo costume, you will feel as if you have traveled back in time. In addition to noblemen and monks, people who appear to be Emperor Shomu can also be seen...?

・Experience fee: Free

・How to participate: Please scan the QR code placed at the venue with your smartphone to participate.

[Tempyo Costume Experience ~Reminiscing about the Nara Period~]

A cosplay experience where you can become a Tenpyo person and travel back in time to the Nara period. You can enjoy your own world of Kunikyu by making tea while wearing your Tenpyo costume, or by taking a commemorative photo with the AR seven-storied pagoda and flower art.

・Experience fee: 1,000 yen

・Experience time: 60 minutes *Tenpyo Costume dressing included

・Application: Reception *Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

[Old toy play experience]

We have set up a corner where you can experience old Japanese games. Feel free to enjoy classic Japanese games such as origami, spinning tops, and ring toss.

・Experience fee: Free

・Application: Accepted on the day. Please feel free to enjoy.

[“Kunikyu Shrine Ruins PR” by the children of Kuni Elementary School]

Children from Kuni Elementary School emphasize the charm of Kunikyu Shrine.

・Experience fee: Free

・Location: Near the ruins of the seven-storied pagoda

・PR time: November 24th (Friday) 11:00~12:00

[Walking tour “KUNIKYU Mini VOYAGE” to experience the charm of the ancient capital]

A walking tour led by a buried cultural property expert that allows you to experience the charm of Kunikyu, which is said to be the phantom capital. When you visit the ruins of Kunikyu, you can see the foundation stones of the Daigokuden Hall of Kunikyu and the seven-storied pagoda ruins of Yamashiro Kokubunji Temple standing in a beautiful landscape. Just by looking at it, it is hard to believe that it has been there since the Nara period, but this time we will introduce you to it with a special explanation.

[Thursday, November 23rd]

①11:45~ ②13:15~ ③14:00 ④15:00~

[November 24th (Friday)] No event

[Saturday, November 25th]

① 11:45~ ②13:15~ ③14:00~

・Experience fee: Free

・Experience time: 30 minutes

・Application: Not required *Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

[Tile making experience]

We make eaves tiles and onigawara tiles excavated from the ruins of Kunikyu Shrine and Yamashiro Kokubunji Temple out of clay. Would you like to have a simulated experience of making tiles in the Nara period? The clay used is soap clay, so even small children can experience it.

・Experience fee: 500 yen

・Experience time: 30 minutes

・Application: Reception *Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

[Exhibition of excavated items from the historical site Kunikyu  Shrine Ruins] (* Corner introduction)

Valuable artifacts excavated from the historical site of the Kunikyu  are on display. This is not a replica, but an actual artifact that was excavated from the capital about 1,300 years ago, and you can see it up close.

[Hanging store -TSURIMISE-] (*Corner introduction)

The mountain range that can be seen across the Kizugawa River from Kunikyu is the Tono region, which was once a training ground for monks from Nanto. Unmanned stalls called "hanging stores'' are said to have originated in the Touo area, known for its ancient temples such as Joruri-ji and Gansen-ji, as well as its stone Buddha paths.

The hanging store sells local vegetables and processed products grown by farmers, giving you a nostalgic feeling and a chance to experience local flavors.

●Tea Experience

[Nodate matcha experience]

"Nodate'' is a place where you can enjoy making tea outdoors. Please enjoy the world of tea while looking at the beautiful natural scenery that has not changed since the time when Kyojingu Shrine was located. A Japanese tea instructor will give a lecture, so feel free to join us even if you have never made matcha before.

・Experience fee: 1,000 yen

・Experience time: 30 minutes

・Application: Reception *Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

[Matcha art experience]

Matcha art, drawing on matcha. You will draw your favorite pictures and patterns using dark tea on the matcha that you brewed yourself. Another attractive feature is that you can draw as many times as you like by re-shaping with a chasen. It will be delicious at the end.

・Experience fee: 1,000 yen

・Experience time: 30 minutes

・Application: 10 people per session *Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

●Flower Experience

[Flower art production experience “Infiorata”]

"Infiorata" means "to sow flowers" in Italian. In Italy and other countries, events have been held for over 400 years in which people spread flower petals on the ground to create pictures and patterns.

All participants will create a piece of flower art with a design inspired by the Daigokuden of Kunikyu, which was relocated from Heijo Palace, as well as the Nihon Shoki, Kojiki, and Manyoshu.

Flower art production experience (*November 23rd only)/Art appreciation (*November 24th-25th)

・Experience cost: 500 yen/viewing is free

・Experience time: 30 minutes

・Application: Reception *Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

[-KUNIKYU-Flower fortune]

Kunikyu has been written about by poets such as Otomo Ieyamochi, and it also appears in the Manyoshu.

"Hanamikuji'' depicting waka poems from the Manyoshu, when floated in a flower water, letters appear floating on the surface.

We offer flower hand washes with motifs of four poems from Manyoshu. Would you like to read your fortune with an omikuji while thinking about a waka poem that you can relate to?

・Experience fee: 500 yen

・Application: Reception *Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on the day.

Local tea sweets and persimmon leaf sushi will also be sold on the day.

From experiences that even children can participate in to walking tours where you can learn from experts, this is an event where a wide range of people can enjoy Japanese culture and history with all five senses, so please come and see us.

Planning/Sponsor: Kyoto Yamashiro Regional Promotion Company (Tea Kyoto DMO)

Management: Kunikyu Wabisabi Experience Secretariat (Kinki Nippon Tourist Co., Ltd. Kyoto Branch)

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Since tea was brought to Japan from China, Kyoto and Minamiyamashiro have improved their tea production technology, and have produced matcha, which is used in tea ceremonies, sencha, which is widely drunk today, and is widely used worldwide as a high-class tea. It produced the well-known “Gyokuro”. This region has a history of producing a wide variety of top-quality teas for about 800 years, leading the development of Japan's tea drinking culture, including the tea ceremony, which is a characteristic Japanese culture, from the production and tea production aspects. It is the only place where representative examples such as unique and beautiful tea plantations, tea wholesalers, and tea festivals, etc., which have been handed down to the present while preserving the scenery of each stage of development, are preserved in excellent condition.

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