The Asagiri bridge is a famous land mark in Uji and at the moment the annual autumn light-up has commenced. Dotting the bridge are wooden framed boxes, each with a drawing of the Genji Ekagami Cho around them. At night they are lit up with a small light bulb creating a romantic atmosphere. This Genji Picture Series was reportedly drawn by the early Edo Period artist Mitsunori Tosa.
Yesterday was such a nice autumn day here in Kyoto, I decided to walk around the Ujigawa River in Uji. Visited several historical places and shrines. Among them the Uji shrine by the Asagiri bridge. Here a little more about this shrine: When you pass through the shrine gate at the foot of the vermilion-coloured Asagiri Bridge, in the upstream of the Uji River Higashizume, you will find the Uji Shrine, which is considered to be situated at the site of the palace of Uji no Waki Iratsuko. It was formally called Rikyu Myojin, Rikyu Hachiman or sometimes Rikyu Shimosha until the Meiji Restoration. The main building has a characteristic Sangen Yashiro-style cypress bark roof and was built at the beginning of the Kamakura period. The present main shrine and the komainu statues at the entrance were built in the Kamakura period.