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Nara Quest : Toshodaiji Temple (唐招提寺)

Toshodaiji Temple Toshodaiji Temple, a world heritage, is the headquarters of the Ritsu Sect of Buddhism. The temple was established in 759 when Ganjin Wajo(688 to 763), a high Buddhist priest of the Tang Dynasty, opened Toritsushodai-ji Temple here to help people learn the Buddhism by Japanese Buddhists studying in China,Ganjin Wajo decided to go to Japan.…

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Nara Quest : Yakushiji Temple (薬師寺)

The history of Yakushiji Temple Late in the 7th century(A.D.680), the erection of Yakushiji was planned Emperor Temmu to pray for the recovery of his Empress from a serious illness. The construction of Yakushiji on the site of Asuka, the south part of Nara, in the Fujiwara Capital, was not completed before the Emperor’s death.…

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Kyoto Quest : Byodoin Temple (平等院) in Uji

Overview of Byodoin(平等院) Temple Byodoin Temple was built by the Regent, Fujiwara no Yorimichi, by rebuilding the villa of Michinaga, his father in 1052. In 1053, the following year, Amidado(Amitabha Hall) was built, where Amitabha Tathagata is enshrined, and is now called Hoo-do(Phoenix Hall).…

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Osafune in Okayama : The land of Japanese sword – Part 3 –

Bizen Osafune Japanese sword museum (2) In this post, I’m going to introduce the rest of the craftsmen from the craft centre – “nu-shi”, “tsuka-maki-shi” and “choukin-shi” / “tsuba-shi”, the museum and the official website.   [“Nu-shi” (lit. coating master)] - Coating patterns - “Nu-shi” coats a scabbard for “koshirae” (decorative scabbard) with Japanese lacquer.…

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Osafune in Okayama : The land of Japanese sword – Part 2 –

Bizen Osafune Japanese sword museum (1) About 30 minute walk from the Kagato station. It’s an institution with a sword museum, a shop, a forge and a sword craft centre. It cost me 500 yen (in November 2014) to enter the museum, but others were free.…

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Kyoto: Night Illumination Kiyomizudera

After that nice city stroll, the hunt was on again – the hunt for autumn foliage that is. Earlier that day we started our hunt at northwest part of Kyoto (Kagamiishi Dori) where we found beautiful concentrations of momiji foliage. This time we were set to see one of the best night illuminations in one of Kyoto’s most celebrated temples – Kiyomizudera.…

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Kyoto: Strolling around Kamogawa River and iconic Gion

After enjoying our morning hunt for momiji leaves (we enjoyed it so much that we did not realize that we have walked for more than two hours), we decided to take a short break before we continue our hunting trip. I know Kyoto is one of the best places to enjoy Japanese cuisine but we were just so hungry that we decided to eat at the first restaurant we saw – びびんばはうす (bibinbahausu – bibimbab house) which was a small Korean restaurant near Kinkakujimichi bus stop.…

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Osafune in Okayama: The land of Japanese sword – Part 1 –

Bizen country, its main area was southern part of the present Okayama prefecture, was very famous for swordsmithing. It’s also famous for pottery called “Bizen-yaki”, but in this post, I’m going to focus on swordsmithing only. Pale blue coloured area is the present Okayama prefecture.The darker blue area is approximate location of the old Bizen country.…

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Momijigari: Hunting for Autumn Colors

I have never been to any form of hunting trip till my friends and I head out to Kyoto this year to experience Momijigari which literally translates to maple leaf (momiji) hunting (gari). Just like Hanami (sakura viewing) in spring, Momijigari in autumn is well rooted in the Japanese culture and recently has also gained popularity among foreign visitors.…

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Night Art Aquarium: Dance of a Goldfish

My visit to Japan would not be complete without traveling to the city of Kyoto. I have been there so many times before that one might wonder what is there more to see? This time around I came to see not the cherry blossoms, the temples, nor the momiji leaves that where in season (though I did see them on this trip well they were just so beautiful not to experience which I will tell you in another post).…

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