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DSC21831, Uji Chapters Monuments, Uji City, Japan

The city of Uji is located to the south of Kyoto and is centrally located around the beautiful Uji River. Uji is graced with many temples and shrines which is indicative of the city's long history and rich culture. Uji has two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Ujigami shrine and Byodoin temple both registered in December 1994. Between the 15th and 16th centuries, this area was the location of many battles as various shoguns fought for control of Japan. When you read Japanese classics such as Nihon-Shoki and Manyoshu, you can find the Uji name, which is also the main setting for the “Uji Chapters” in The Tale of Genji, the oldest and one of the most famous love stories in the world. Since that time, Uji has enjoyed many peaceful years and has become a cultural center of Japan, growing in size and beauty each year. Uji city has many historical sights and famous cultural specialties. What is the best and most famous Japanese Tea? Uji Green Tea! Please enjoy it in the traditional tea houses and ceremonies. Experiencing the traditional green tea service is the essence of Japanese culture and history.


The Monument of “Uji Chapters”

This monument marks the location of a scene from the Tale of Genji “Uji Chapters”. It depicts then famous scene where “Ukifune” and “Niounomiya” said on the Uji River in a small boat. This is a great location for photos and a refreshing cup of Uji tea. It is also a great place to reflect on the “Uji Chapters” and their characters.


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Taken on February 29, 2008