Look at these Japanese beautyberries blooming by the stream behind Murin-an’s stone memorial. These beautyberries are like purple jewels that shine even brighter against the green of the garden. We hope you’ll all come to find them.
On September 30 (Sun.), to commemorate the semi-centennial of the founding of the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) conference to be held in Kyoto next year, Murin-an will be open to the public for free!
The Agency for Cultural Affairs, which is scheduled to be fully transferred to Kyoto in 2021, celebrated its semi-centennial anniversary this year. And in September 2019, Japan’s first ever International Council of Museums conference will be held in Kyoto. To celebrate these events, Kyoto is opening up its cultural facilities to the public for free in the hope of having as many people as possible experience the depth of Kyoto culture. Murin-an too will also be open to the public for free. On that day, we hope you will also take advantage of our cafe (menu prices apply) and our free guided tours.
The harvest moon makes Murin-an a truly blissful place to be. Yoko Ogihara of Gofuku Ogihara gave a lecture on kimonos and displayed a specially prepared exhibit of precious kimonos. At the special nighttime tea ceremony led by Urasenke tea master Chiba Soko, we served original sweets prepared that day by Kyoto Suetomi. The climax of the evening was the gentle and wistful sound of Kazuya Sato’s Shinobue bamboo flute spreading throughout the garden.
It was an incredible night of experiencing refined Japanese beauty under a harvest moon.