I love the garden at Heian-jingu shrine in kyoto. This is relatively newer than other shrines in Kyoto, build in 1895, for the commemoration of the relocation of the capital 1,100 years ago. This enshrines two Emperors; one is the 50th emperor Kanmu (737-806), because he ordered to relocate the capital from Nara to Kyoto in 794, the other is the 121st emperor Komei (1831-1866), who was the last emperor to live in Kyoto. (The next 122nd Meiji emperor lived in Tokyo.) There are a lot of gorgeous cherry trees in this garden, especially it is wonderful sight at the Taiheikaku bridge.
In the Syowa era’s novelist Jyunichiro Tanizaki’s masterpiece, “Makioka Sisters” (Japanese title is “Sasameyuki, light snow”), Makioka sisters visited to Heian-jingu to see cherry blossoms. The heroine Sachiko believed that cherry blossoms in this shrine was the best in Kyoto. In the novel, they came across a bride in kimono. Now if you are lucky, you can see a bride who wears a traditional bride’s white silk kimono (shiromuku) in the garden. This novel was made in the movie as “Sasameyuki” produced by Kon Ichikawa. You can see the splendid colorful cherry blossoms in the opening scene in this cinema.