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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 September 27, 2015 at 4:49 PM / in Hyōgo, My Travels, Out Of The Box

47 Ronin: the Epic Tale of Loyalty!

47 Ronin Warriors and Akō City: 47 Ronin Warriors: after visiting Himeji castle and spending a wonderful evening along the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海), I visited the Akōōishi Shrine (赤穂大石神社) and the 47 Ronin Warriors (四十七士). The entrance to the shrine is lined with statues of these Lordless samurai. Inside the shrine is a small museum and along the outside […]

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by / on September 23, 2015 at 5:23 PM / in Hyōgo, My Travels

Himeji Castle aka “The White Heron Castle”.

Visiting Himeji Castle: In August of this year (2015), I visited Himeji Castle (姫路城) also called the White Heron Castle (白鷺城), in Himeji City (姫路市). Founded in 1333, when a fort was constructed on Himeyama hill by Akamatsu Norimura, the ruler of the ancient Harima Province. Akamatsu Norimura (赤松 則村, 1277 – February 18, 1350) was a Japanese samurai of […]

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by / on June 25, 2015 at 10:52 PM / in Hydrangea-Ajisai, Matsuri-Festival, My Travels, Osaka

Nukata Hydrangea Orchards on Mt.Ikoma, Osaka.

Hydrangea-Rainy Season-Kansai: The rainy season is in full swing in the Kansai area and favourite past-time is viewing the Hydrangea or Ajisai as they are called in Japanese. In Kyoto there are quiet a few outstanding spots such as Fujinomori Shrine, Mimuroto-ji Temple in Uji and Sanzen-in Temple in Ohara. I have been to all those before so I was […]

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by / on June 18, 2015 at 10:07 PM / in Hokkaido

Exploring lake Tōya in Hokkaido!

Off to lake Tōya in Hokkaido: A few days ago, I went on a small holiday with my wife to Hokkaido. In Kyoto the rainy season had started and the weather was hot and humid. From Kansai International Airport it’s just a 2 hour flight to the New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港). We had rented a car and set out to […]

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