Yamadera temple in Winter – Hoju-san Risshaku-ji

Spectacular views. Moments of contemplation. Immersed in nature. Yamadera’s location is a small village in the Yamagata prefecture. Nestled among the steep cliff faces are various shrines and temples which are beautiful to view from the village. These temples are … Continue reading

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Nozawa Onsen’s Dosojin Matsuri (Fire Festival) – how NOT to be a douche at the Fire Festival

Every 15th of January, the villagers of Nozawa Onsen gather for the highlight of the Dosojin Matsuri. Matsuri means festival, and Japan is filled with many matsuri throughout the year. The “Dosojin” are Shinto guardian deities, and come in various … Continue reading

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Kanzawa – Noh Theatre Museum Experience – Wearing the “Magojiro” Mask

Kanzawa – Noh Theatre Museum Experience – Wearing the “Magojiro” Mask

Kanazawa is one of my favourite cities. With aspects of old Kyoto, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan (the Kenro-Kuen Gardens), and a world-class Modern Art museum, it has everything I could ask for. We visited for a … Continue reading

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