Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto will hold the first exhibition event, Kotonari Kyoto, this year, in March.  The concept of the event is ai ga entame de bunka o terasu 愛がエンタメで文化を照らす, a literal translation of which would be “love highlights culture through entertainment.”

The exhibition will start on Thursday, 18th of March, and will feature the world of Tick-Tock, the picture book by Akihiro Nishino. If you're unfamiliar with Tick-Tock, then you may have heard of another picture book of his, Poupelle of Chimney Town, which was adapted into a feature-length animated film by Studio 4°C.

This event allows visitors to rediscover the beauty of the shrines and temples in Japan.

They will get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional and historical sights of the shrine and its surroundings while enjoying the splendid illustrations.

Besides the exhibition, there will also be several venues, restaurants, including Kotonari Marche, held for two days on the 20th and 21st of March.


During these days, you can have your breakfast at Murakami Kaishindō (村上開新堂), a famous pastry shop and also a café during weekday mornings.

About Kamigamo Shrine (上賀茂神社, Kamigamo Jinja)

The Kamigamo Shrine is also known under the name of Kamo-wakeikazuchi Shrine (賀茂別雷神社) and is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, included in the World Heritage Site.

The Shinto shrine, located on the northern side of Kyoto, is also one of the oldest in Japan.

Related information

  • Date of the exhibition: 18th (Thursday) to 24th of March (Wednesday), 2021
  • Hours: 10:00 -21:00 (※12:00-21:00 on the 18th)
  • Dates of Kotonari Marche: 20th and 21st of March, 2021
  • Place: Kamigamo Shrine
  • Admission Fee: 1,000 yen- adults, 500 yen for Junior High/High School students ※Free of charge for elementary school students and below

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By - cinnamonellie.