REBLOG: Dragon Quest: Hunting for dragons in the mountains of Nikko

NIKKO Dragon hunting may not be the first thing one thinks of when visiting Nikko. But in fact, the hunting there is excellent, and anyone can do it, and it’s a great way further to enhance the delightful sightseeing of this stunning area. Dragons are mythical beasts that, curiously, are found in the myths and […]

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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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