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by / on June 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM / in Byodo - in Temple, Kyoto WH, Uji City

Byōdō-in: A World Heritage Site in Uji City, Kyoto.

Byōdō-in Newly renovated: Since March of this month, the Phoenix Hall (鳳凰堂) of Byōdō-in (平等院), was once again visible. For the past two years it was covered in scaffolding because of renovation. There is still a small part in the back that is still undergoing construction though. This fall the work should be completed. I was curious to see what […]

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by / on March 14, 2014 at 8:57 PM / in My Travels, Shiga-ken

Travelling Adventures in Shigaraki, Shiga-ken!

White day in Japan: Today is “White Day” here in Japan and for those who do not know what this meaneth, well, it’s the opposite of Valentine’s Day. On Valentine’s Day “Girls-Ladies and wife’s” give to us “men” chocolate. Cool right? Well, on White day we need to return that favor.For the occasion, I went with my wife to a […]

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by / on February 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Interesting Facts, Noh, Temples-Shrines

Imakumano Shrine Founded by Emperor Go-Shirakawa in 1160!

Valentines Day in Snowy Kyoto: A few days ago, while driving to the north of Kyoto, I passed by the Imakumano Shrine (新熊野神社) on Higashi Oki dori about 200 meters from the Sanjūsangen-dō (三十三間堂) temple towards the Sennyu-ji Temple grounds. It was valentine’s Day and it was snowing. I have passed this shrine many a time but never stopped by […]

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by / on February 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM / in Heijō Palace Area, Nara Ken, Nara-City

Kikō-ji Temple in Nara Founded by Gyōki in 721!

Kikō-ji Temple in Nara: Last week Friday, while cycling around the Saidaiji area of Nara, I visited the Kikō-ji Temple (喜光寺). This old temple, dating back to 721 AD is also known as Sugawara-dera. Kikō-ji Temple was founded by Priest Gyōk (行基). An impressive Nandaimon or South Gate (南大門) is the entrance. Two fierce looking Kongōrikishi (金剛力士) or Niō (仁王) […]

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by / on January 25, 2014 at 8:52 PM / in Heijō Palace Area, Nara-City

Biking Along Kizugawa to Heijō Palace in Nara!

Biking Along Kizugawa: Yesterday, January 24, I went on a bike ride along the Kizugawa River towards Heijō Palace grounds in Nara City. It was a fine day, the forecast was a spring like day with temperatures rising to 12 degrees Celsius. I have recently bought an MTB as part of my exercise plan. Although I am exercising on a […]

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by / on January 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM / in Gourmet, Kita-ku, Temples-Shrines

Aburi-mochi at the Imamiya Shrine in Kyoto!

A 1000 year old Shrine: A few days ago, while visiting Daitoku temple in Northern Kyoto. I stumbled upon a Imamiya Shrine. It was rapidly getting dark and the paper lanterns, new-years decorations on the Kaguraden, where glowing in the dark. There where still some worshipers who came to pray for blessings in the coming year. There are two entrances […]

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by / on January 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM / in Mie-ken, My Travels

Nagashima Spa Land: An Unforgettable Experience!

Just before New-Year we went to Nagashima Spa Land (ナガシマスパーランド) Mie-ken, Japan. Its about a 1 ½ hour drive from Kyoto on the highway and the weather, although a little chilly, was sunny and dry. It is a fairly big amusement park along the pacific ocean in the Ise bay. I have been there before in the summer and enjoyed […]

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