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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Reblog: Otaki Castle, Chiba. — Japanese History and Culture

Otaki castle museum is a small castle found in central Chiba prefecture. It is a nice site which sits in a rural area in the old Satomi Clan lands. The castle was built in the early 1500s and fell into ruins by the end of the 17th century. The castle changed hands many times but […] […]

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Lotus flowers bloom at Beijing park

It’s blooming season for lotus flowers. At the Grand Canal Forest Park in Beijing’s Tongzhou District, lotus flowers are offering beautiful visual delights to visitors. Visited: 2018

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Todaiji Temple 東大寺

Todaiji (東大寺, Tōdaiji, “Great Eastern Temple”) is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple was constructed in 752. As the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 to lower […]

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Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji (àŠtŽ›, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto. Whose top two floors are entirely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. According to his will, it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji […]

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Reblog : Kamakura In June — Divina Everywhere

It’s a peaceful reunification of the ethereal beauty of nature and the grandeur of history. June is the month for Hydrangeas in Japan, and where else is the worthiest place to picture them than in the countryside of Kamakura. Kamakura is a small city in Kanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour from Tokyo. It’s a […] […]

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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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The 7 Best known Temples in Japan

Thousands of Buddhist temples dot the Japanese countryside and inhabit its cities. According to one resource, “virtually every Japanese municipality has at least one temple, while large cultural centers like Kyoto have several hundred.” Many are hundreds of years old, others well over one thousand. Temples typically consist of a number of halls and structures. […]

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15 Traditional Chinese Food Dishes You Need to Try

You probably know that the Chinese food from your go-to takeout spot isn’t actually traditional Chinese food. Is heavily Americanized. Being the world’s most populous country. The Chinese has an array of authentic cuisine that is incredibly varied and vastly different from one region to another. That means expanding your palate to the world of traditional Chinese […]

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