The Most Popular Temples and Shrines in Kobe

June 26, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Japan is a melting pot of several religions in the East. There are religions that have immigrated from different parts of Asia and there are those that originated within the country. Some of them are still existing today and pilgrimages still take place regularly to worship their deities. Others are left with structures like temples […]

Experience a Firelit Noh Performance at Nara’s Kofukuji Temple

April 24, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Traditional Noh performances might occur at temples across Japan, but Nara’s Kofukuji Temple is the original home of the sacred event, and seeing a performance there is a truly unforgettable experience. Noh, which is derived from a Japanese word meaning “talent,” is a coveted musical drama performance that began in the 14th century and has […]

September Temple Events in Kyoto

August 19, 2016 by Justin Hanus

With the heat of the summer finally fading and the season beginning to turn into autumn, the month of September is a perfect month to get out and explore all that the Old Capitol has to offer! Luckily, between extended temple hours, traditional festivals and events, and flea market sales, you will have more than […]

Genki Festival Super Yosakoi in Harajyuku Omotesando

August 14, 2014 by Ray Proper

The Yosakoi Festival began in the city of Kōchi, Japan, in 1954.  The first “Yosakoi Style” festival featured 21 teams and 750 participants.  The style of festival has become extraordinarily popular throughout Japan, with versions popping up in nearly every city.  The festival involves  teams of dancers and floats (called “jikatasaya“), who dance the “yosakoi naruko” dance, […]

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