2017  Apr 27th ´

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One of Japan’s Most Sacred Places: Ise Shrine in Mie

Ise Shrine is one of Japan’s most sacred places and thus popular among pilgrims and tourists. It’s no wonder (...)

2013  Oct 28th ´

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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. (...)

2013  Jul 21st ´

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Kumano Hongu Taisha (Kumano Sanzan)

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

2013  Jul 15th ´

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Kumano Nachi Taisha (Kumano Sanzan)

The Kumano region in Wakayama Prefecture is famous for the Kumano Pilgrimage Trails that lead to the Kumano Sanzan (...)

2013  Jul 2nd ´

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Kumano Hayatama Taisha (Kumano Sanzan)

Today I want to introduce Kumano Hayatama Taisha, one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano also known as (...)

2013  May 24th ´

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Shizuoka Sengen Shrine

After spending some time at Sunpu Castle, Momijiyama Garden and Nihondaira my final destination of the day was the (...)

2013  May 15th ´

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Nihondaira and Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

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

2012  Aug 27th ´

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Hirado (Nagasaki)

After visiting Omura on my way from Nagasaki (Gunkanjima) I finally arrived in Hirado which is also in Nagasaki (...)

2012  May 31st ´

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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 (...)