A traditional Shinto Wedding Ceremony
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My wife and I were legally married (i.e submitted the form to City Hall) in late April of 2016. About a week prior to the event, I enlisted the help of a friend to clear out the master bedroom which … Read More

Gosho Jinja Shrine
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Gosho Jinja enshrines the patron deities of my neighborhood, Zaimokuza. Plural because the shrine is an amalgamation of five shrines which was mandated by the Meiji government in 1908. The name Gosho translates to “five locations.” The patron deity of … Read More

Komyoji Temple
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Every morning I wake up to the sound of the Komyoji temple bell. Back in my single days, when I wasn’t sure if I would ever find my life partner, I even made a senryuu (informal haiku) wondering if I … Read More

Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine
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As a resident of Kamakura, it would be remiss of me not to talk about Tsurugaoka Hachiman as the first of a series of articles about Kamakura. This shrine is the abode of the patron deity of the Minamoto Clan … 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.
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Jyouchiji, in Kita Kamakura, is one of my favorite temples. It is a nice retreat from the tourist hustle and bustle. Even the air is a little different there. Jyouchiji is #4 of the five most important Zen temples in … Read More

Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? (Episode Nine: Meeting the Parents)
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Cana feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode One: Setting the scene) Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? Episode Nine: Meeting the Parents After the … Read More

Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode Eight: My personal “Battle of Sekigahara.”)
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Epispde 1 Cana feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode One: Setting the scene) ペンネーム なべあきお、垂井町在住、イラストレーター Pen name : Abeakio/Living in Tarui town in Gifu prefecture/ art artist Driving back to the Kanto Plains, I … Read More

Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? (Episode Seven: Tarui Parade.)
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Cana feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode One: Setting the scene) Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? Episode Seven: Tarui Parade. Around 4AM on … Read More

Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode Six: A helping hand from beyond the grave)
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Cana feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode One: Setting the scene)   Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? Episode Six: A helping hand from … Read More

Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode Five:Visiting Zendouji with the General’s direct descendent)
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Cana feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode One: Setting the scene)   Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? Episode Five: Visiting Zendouji with the … Read More

Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode Four: Still in the hole.)
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Cana feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode One: Setting the scene)   Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? Episode Four: Still in the hole. … Read More

Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? (Episode Three: Winter sets in)
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Cana feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode One: Setting the scene) Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? Episode Three: Winter sets in.   A … Read More

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