2013  Jun 15th ´

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Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails

The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails

When you ask foreign tourists what they want to see in Kansai, it’s mostly Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. Wakayama Prefecture is often ignored although there are (...)

2013  Jan 19th ´

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Hatsumode - First shrine visit of the year in Japan

Shogatsu: Japanese New Year’s Day

It’s January. A new year has just started here in Japan. After the busy time in December (cleaning, cooking, writing New Year cards) and then finally (...)

2012  Dec 20th ´

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Kadomatsu set up in December for New Year's Celebration

Omisoka: Japanese New Year’s Eve

Around this time of the year Japanese people are busy with various things. Christmas is not what keeps them busy, but the two most important days (...)

2012  Oct 17th ´

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Jizo Statue at Mount Osore

Osorezan: Mt. Osore (Shimokita Peninsula)

After visiting Ne Castle in Hachinohe in the early morning I rushed to my train to get to the Shimokita Peninsula, having the typhoon right behind (...)

2012  May 31st ´

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Omikuji of a shrine in Hiraizumi

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 (...)

2012  May 21st ´

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Ema, wooden whishing plaque

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 (...)

2012  Feb 5th ´

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Kagura Dance at Takachiho Shrine in Miyazaki

Takachiho (Miyazaki, Kyushu)

Hello. Today I want to share yet another travel experience during my winter vacation in Kyushu! It was the last day of the year and it (...)

2011  Dec 17th ´

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Japanese Year of the Tiger figures

Year of the Tiger figures

As we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s time to stock up on items for the new year here in Japan! All around me are (...)

2011  Nov 21st ´

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12 Japanese / Chinese Zodiac Animal Figure Set

12 Japanese zodiac figures

Today I want to introduce another treasure of mine: Figures of all 12 Japanese zodiac animals Actually, the title is not exactly right as those zodiacs (...)