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by / on September 23, 2016 at 9:33 PM / in Out Of The Box, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

A Jizo Statue that Walked the Ancient Streets Of Kyoto.

A Jizo Statue, that Walked the Ancient Streets Of Kyoto: Walking the streets of Kyoto you come across many Jizo Statue’s. In fact Jizō Statue’s are found everywhere you go in Japan. This particular one is being worshipped for Easy Childbirth and Child-Giving. The other day, I was in the Hyakumanben area (百万遍) of Sakyō-ku, Kyōto. There was a large […]

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by / on July 13, 2016 at 10:53 PM / in My Travels, Shikoku

Gokuraku-ji: Number 2 on the Sacred Shikoku Pilgrimage.

Gokuraku-ji: Gokuraku-ji (極楽寺), is the second Temple of the 88 Sacred Places of Shikoku Prefecture (四国八十八ヶ所巡り), in Japan. Founded by Gyōki in 815 and visited by Kōbō Daishi when he was 42 years of age. The garden on your left, as you walk towards the main hall, is a paradise garden called Unkai no Jōdo (雲海の浄土). Chōsokabe Motochika (長宗我部元親) and […]

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by / on July 9, 2016 at 6:05 PM / in My Travels, Shikoku

Ryōzen-ji, First Temple of the Sacred Shikoku Pilgrimage.

Ryōzen-ji (霊山寺): Ryōzen-ji (霊山寺) is the starting point of the Sacred 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage Sites (四国八十八ヶ所巡り) in Tokushima, Japan. This temple is grouped with the “Hosshin no Dōjō” (発心 の 道場) or “Dōjō to Awaken Your Faith” comprising of temples 1 to 23. It has a store where you can buy the necessary items to start the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Yūben Shinnen […]

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by / on July 7, 2016 at 11:47 PM / in My Travels, Shikoku

Shikoku Pilgrimage: 88 Sacred Sites in Japan.

Shikoku Pilgrimage: In the beginning of July I was in Shikoku, a little more than a two hour drive from Kyoto. We stayed in a resort hotel in the Naruto area. Since being so close to the first temple of the Shikoku Pilgrim (四国遍路) starting point, I took a look. I’ve been intrigued by this pilgrimage for some time and […]

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by / on June 26, 2016 at 6:34 PM / in Gourmet, Kaiseki, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Kawadoko: Exquisite River Dining in Kibune.

Kawadoko at Kifune Hyōe Restaurant: Kawadoko on fathers day! My daughter, invited me to have lunch in Kibune along the famous River with the same name. The Kibune area in Kyoto is famous for its kawadoko style kaiseki dining. From May till the end of September, a platform called Kawadoko, is set up across the River. Kibune is located between […]

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by / on May 12, 2016 at 9:46 PM / in Nara Ken, Nara-City

Byakugo-ji: Treasures on Mt. Takamado in Nara City.

Byakugo-ji history and quick facts: Byakugo-ji (白毫寺), a Buddhist temple situated at the foot of Mt. Takamado, in Nara City, Japan. It is believed to have been originally built as the villa of Prince Shiki (志貴皇子), the father of Emperor Kōnin (光仁天皇), and a famous poet from the 7th to 8th century. Prince Shiki’s father was the 38th Emperor of […]

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by / on May 10, 2016 at 6:45 PM / in Nara Ken, Nara-City

Shin-Yakushi-ji, Built by Empress Kōmyō in 747.

Shin-Yakushi-ji: A few days ago, while visiting Kasuga Taisha in Nara, I dropped by the Shin-Yakushi-ji (新薬師寺) temple. Shin-Yakushi-ji is famous for Yakushi Nyorai (薬師如来) statue. Yakushi Nyorai is surrounded by a group of Twelve Divine Generals. According to records at Tōdai-ji, Shin-Yakushi-ji was founded in March 747 as Kōyaku-ji (香薬寺) by Empress Kōmyō (光明皇后 – 701–760) wishing for the […]

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