2013  Oct 28th ´

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Uwajima City in Ehime Prefecture

Scenic Uwajima City in Ehime Prefecture

On my trip through Ehime Prefecture in September 2012, I visited not only Imabari Castle, but also Uwajima Castle. While there, I decided to stay longer (...)

2013  Jul 21st ´

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Kumano Hongu Taisha

Kumano Hongu Taisha (Kumano Sanzan)

The Kumano Grand Shrines aka Kumano Sanzan are connected by the sacred Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails. Today I want to introduce the thrid of the Kumano (...)

2013  Jul 15th ´

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Kumano Nachi Taisha

Kumano Nachi Taisha (Kumano Sanzan)

The Kumano region in Wakayama Prefecture is famous for the Kumano Pilgrimage Trails that lead to the Kumano Sanzan – the three Grand Shrines of Kumano. (...)

2013  Jul 2nd ´

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Kumano Hayatama Taisha

Kumano Hayatama Taisha (Kumano Sanzan)

Today I want to introduce Kumano Hayatama Taisha, one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano also known as Kumano Sanzan (熊野三山). The shrine is connected (...)

2013  May 24th ´

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Shizuoka Sengen Shrine

Shizuoka Sengen Shrine

After spending some time at Sunpu Castle, Momijiyama Garden and Nihondaira my final destination of the day was the Shizuoka Sengen Shrine. Visited: April 5th 2012 (...)

2013  May 15th ´

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Kunozan Toshogu Shrine near Nihondaira in Shizuoka

Nihondaira and Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

I continued my spring trip through Shizuoka Prefecture. After visiting Sunpu Castle in the morning, I went to Nihondaira to see Mt. Fuji and to Kunozan (...)

2012  Aug 27th ´

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St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church

Hirado (Nagasaki)

After visiting Omura on my way from Nagasaki (Gunkanjima) I finally arrived in Hirado which is also in Nagasaki Prefecture. Visited: January 7th 2012 It’s a (...)

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 (...)