Japan Images: Daikon festival at Sanpoji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Daikon festival at Sanpoji Temple (三宝寺) in Kyoto. Daikon radish becomes available in late autumn and is associated with the seasonal cuisine of winter. The radish festival takes place annually in December, usually on 9th & 10th December, when boiled radish is served to about 10,000 people over the two days. Boiled daikon are prepared and served, for a small fee, annually at Kyoto's Sanpoji Temple. They are said to protect one from paralytic disease. To get to the festival take a Kyoto bus #8 to Narutaki honmachi bus stop from Shijo Karasuma or Shijo Omiya.