Latest posts from jtast
- The Rissyakuji Temple, Yamadera - September 1, 2022
- Sendai Daikannon & Daikanmitsuji Temple - August 9, 2022
- Sōkeiji Temple - August 5, 2022
Why are Shinto Shrines Surrounded by Trees and Forests?
If you frequent Japanese Shinto shrines, you may have noticed that they are commonly... Read More
Jyouchiji: The temple of the fearsome abbot who beat numerous U.S. Marines with a big stick and lived to tell the tale.
Jyouchiji, in Kita Kamakura, is one of my favorite temples. It is a nice retreat... Read More
Kimono and Tea Ceremony
Trying on a Furisode Kimono The International Institute for Ritual Culture Education (IRCE) gave me... Read More
Namiyoke Inari Jinja(Shrine)
I often ask people what they think of when I mention Japan, and the most... Read More
All the way back in the year 1478, a man named Ota Dokan constructed the... Read More
There are many factors that go along with becoming a Buddhist monk. It is generally... Read More