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Summer Evening of Prayer and Peace in Hiroshima

July 30, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Let’s say you arrive in Hiroshima for the August 6th Peace Memorial Ceremony a day early. You don’t feel like sitting around the hotel room watching TV, but what feels right to do the night before attending the anniversary of the A-Bombing of this lovely little city. Anyway, it’s Sunday night, and all the most […]

Myths & Legends in Kansai

July 27, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Japan is a country rich with mythology and fascinating tales. The Kansai region, with its many popular tourist areas and shrines to gods and kings, is no different. From folklore heroes to dark creatures, there are many tales associated with Kansai or have their roots in the region. Some are familiar, others not so. Here […]

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 […]

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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