Visiting temples and shrines

Let me briefly describe essential steps and manners concerning visiting Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan. While there is no strict dress code when visiting shrines and temples, it is recommended to be appropriately dressed to show respect at a place of worship. How to visit a temple Behave calmly and respectfully. Show your […]

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Kyoto Gozan Okuribi 京都五山送り火

Daimonji Yaki, also commonly known as Daimonji Gozan Okuribi, is a festival that forms part of the Obon celebrations in Kyoto. Enormous bonfires are set alight on five mountains in Kyoto in the shape of Chinese characters and other symbols to help guide our ancestors back to the spiritual world after Obon. It is believed […]

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Reblog : All About a Temple Stay in South Korea

Have you ever tried living like a Buddhist monk for a day? Yea neither had I until a little over a week ago. What can you learn from it, and how can it change you? All About a Temple Stay in South Korea — Your guide to living abroad

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Where to Stay in Busan ( my favorites’ edition)

South Korea’s second-most populous city, Busan, is known for its rich history, neon lights, vibrant nightlife, and mouthwatering street food.But it is a massive and sprawling city, and choosing the best neighborhood to stay in Busan can be overwhelming. So I put together this guide, choosing my favorite and the five best areas to stay […]

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Summer in Japan 日本の夏

Sea, sun, and sand… For many, these represent summer, not so in Japan. Instead, it’s wind chimes, dragonflies, goldfish, and watermelon that evoke summer for the Japanese. Japanese appreciate the different seasons, and clothing, interior decoration, various accessories, and more each have their seasonal patterns. In summer, you’ll often see yukata, fans, and other summer […]

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12 Day of June – Dripping

Otowa Waterfall, where the waters are divided into three separate streams. Visitors can use the cups provided at the base of the waterfall to drink from them. Each of the streams is believed to have a different effect, such as bringing success, love, and longevity. You should only pick one of the three streams, though, […]

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11 Day of June – lined up

A lot of rules regarding indoor manners in Japan are related to footwear. A clear line is traditionally drawn between inside and outside, and outdoor shoes and indoor slippers are handled accordingly. These rules not only apply to most Japanese homes, but also to many traditional ryokan, some restaurants and the indoor sections of many […]

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10 Day of June – Fresh summer

Sea, sun, and sand… For many these represent summer. Not so in Japan. Instead, it’s wind chimes, dragonflies, goldfish, and watermelon that evoke summer for the Japanese. It’s well known that the Japanese appreciate the different seasons, and clothing, interior decoration, various accessories, and more each have their seasonal patterns.

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