In the spring, blue sheets are spread out in the Delta of Demachi to save the best spot to enjoy eating and drinking under the Sakura cherry blossom, we say Hanami.
In the hot summer days, it is the best place for children to refresh, playing in its water. During the Obon, on August 16th, it is the best spot to watch the fire of Daimonji, which is believed to send old spirits back to the other side. Policemen are busy trying to control the traffc of cars and people.
Shimogamo jinja, a Xinto shrine, recognized as a World Heritage, is placed 10 minutes-walk from Demachi. Many goes there for Hatsumoude, the New-year greeting ritual, and for many events along the year. Demachiyanagi is also the starting point to the Mountain Hiei. That’s why Demachi is crowded along the year. Recently, I see people from all the world with their smart phones in one hand. I suppose they are looking for some Minpaku (guest house), since there are no hotels nearby.
Walking to the East, Kyoto University. To the West, Doshisha University. It is so interesting to look the different fashion of young students taking out Demachi station every morning. Fancy students goes to the West.
Saturday sunny mornings, hiking shoes fulfill Demachi. The majority are healthy-generation elders.