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Yufuin Cat Items – A Great Souvenir

Are you planning a trip to Japan? Do you have friends in Japan who offered to send you something? Don’t know what to get? Then I hope my “Japanese Items series” will help you!   I think a lot of people have...

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Yakushima Day 1: Waterfalls and Fruit Garden

After visiting Miyazaki, I took a bus to Kagoshima where I stayed the night. From Kagoshima I took a ferry in the morning to Yakushima. I always wanted to visit Yakushima, but it is quite far out unless you live in Kagoshima...

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Omikuji: Fortune-telling paper strips

In the last Wiki entry I introduced “ema” (Japanese wooden wishing plaques). Today I want to explain about another thing that you’ll find just as often in many shrines and temples: OMIKUJI You possibly could...

Travel

Miyazaki: Sunmesse Nichinan

Visiting Kyushu during my winter vacation, I also stopped by at Miyazaki Prefecture. After visiting Aoshima and Udo Shrine along the Nichinan Coast, my last destination of the day was the Sunmesse Nichinan. It’s not really...

Wiki

Ema: Wooden Wishing Plaques

Today I want to introduce “Ema” (絵馬) – wooden wishing plaques of Japanese shrines. I’m sure most of you have seen them when visiting Japan or on various photos, but you maybe weren’t sure what...

Travel

Udo Shrine in Miyazaki

Kyushu is really beautiful – and Miyazaki Prefecture is no exception. Besides beautiful Aoshima, Miyazaki’s Nichinan coast has other nice spots to offer. After visiting Aoshima I took the same bus line as before which...