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 (...)

Jun 15th

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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, (...)

Jan 19th

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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 (...)

Dec 20th

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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 (...)

Oct 17th

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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 (...)

May 31st

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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 (...)

May 21st

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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 (...)

Feb 5th

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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 (...)

Dec 17th

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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 (...)

Nov 21st

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