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by / on May 12, 2016 at 9:46 PM / in Nara Ken, Nara Prefecture, Nara-City, Yamanobe-no-Michi

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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by / on April 15, 2016 at 10:49 PM / in Temples-Shrines, Uji City

Uji River Steeped in History, Uji City, Kyoto.

Uji River, Cherry Blossoms and Heike Monogatari: Uji City is a town not so far from Kyoto and steeped in history. Recently, I visit Byōdō-in (平等院) and afterwards strode along the Uji River. The Ajirogi-no-michi (あじろぎの道) is a walking path along the Uji River and is lined with sakura trees. During the summer months, cormorant fishing is the high lite of […]

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by / on April 13, 2016 at 4:06 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Toyotomi Hideyoshi ’s Mausoleum in Kyoto.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Mausoleum of A Warlord: Toyotomi Hideyoshi and my journey to his mausoleum. Today (Sunday April 10th), I explored a part of Kyoto that has been to my “to see list” for quite some time. So I hiked up to Amidagamine Mountain (阿弥陀ヶ峰) to visit the mausoleum of famous warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), who unified Japan in the […]

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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 September 8, 2015 at 7:13 PM / in Gourmet, Out Of The Box, Uji City

Yakiniku at Kaiun-tei in Uji, Kyoto-Japan!

Yakiniku: In search of It has been raining in Kyoto for the past several days and a typhoon is on its way, it is number 18. The summer heat has sub-sided and with it the quest for eating warmer tasting foods. Todays lunch choice was Yakiniku (焼き肉) as we set out to find a suitable diner near where we live. We […]

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by / on July 23, 2015 at 6:24 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Out Of The Box

Kimono Fashion Show at Nishijin Center in Kyoto.

Nishijin Textile Center: Perhaps, Kyoto is most remembered for its World Heritage sites of Shrines, temples and gardens and it’s weaving technique is praised amongst the world’s finest. It stands to reason that the old capital of the Heian period was in need of master weavers to satisfy the needs of its aristocrats. There is still an area of Kyoto […]

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