Yanaka Town and Nezu Jinja
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The same day that we visited the Tenryuin and participated in the zazen lesson, we also made a few side trips around Yanaka Town. The day was the right mix of cloudy and sunny, where it was warm enough to … Read More

Blue Skies in the Floating World
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Blue is undoubtedly the most popular color. Blue skies, seas, eyes, and clothes have all been admired for centuries. It is not surprising then, that art makes use of this beautiful color and all its shades. Today, it is easy … Read More

We Found Beauty in a Foreign Place
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Today, we visited our district’s protectorate shrine. As we made our way through the busy streets of Minato-ku, we passed office buildings, hotels, small restaurants, and familiar fast food chains (I’m looking at you McDonald’s), there was no greater surprise … Read More

Tea Ceremony at Hamarikyu
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The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a traditional practice in which green tea called matcha is made and served to guests, all in a set ceremonial fashion. The ceremony dates back the 9th century CE during the Heian period in Japanese … Read More

Akasaka Hikawa Jinja Shrine
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When entering Akasaka Hikawa Jinja Shrine. Akasaka district is how the trees seem to envelope you and take you away from the concrete jungle of urban Tokyo. At the entrance you will encounter the first large stone torii gate, flanked … Read More

An Amazing Place to Reset Your Mind
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Hama-rikyu is a public garden located on the shore of Tokyo Bay in the Shiodome District in Central Tokyo. It is a massive complex, with saltwater ponds that rise and fall with the tides of Tokyo Bay. Various paths and … Read More

Do you know Japanese word “okeiko”?
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You can experience traditional Japanese culture at 「Tokujuji Temle」in the island of Miyajima that is  famous for “Itsukushima Shrine” floating on the sea. It is called okeiko Japan! Do you know おけいこ(okeiko)? To translate it directly, it means a lesson. … Read More

MINO KOKUBUNJI TEMPLE
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Readers whom have been following my “Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern-day Cupid?” series of articles know I have a fairly close tie to the town of Tarui. During my frequent visits there, … Read More

NANGU TAISHA, Tarui city, Gifu Prefecture
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Readers whom have been following my “Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?” know I have a close tie to the town of Tarui. During my frequent visits there, I kept on … Read More

Ohishi Shrine, Akou city, Hyogo Prefecture
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December 14th, 2017: As Yousuke’s car started climbing the mountain pass leading into Akou proper, Mrs. Terumi Kawatobi mentioned how she always cried whenever she saw any of the popular 47 Ronin/Akou Incident based TV show and movie reruns, so … Read More

OKAZAKI MISO FACTORY
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One of the stops we made in Okazaki was to the Kakukyu miso factory. You are probably used to miso being translated as “soy bean paste.” However, most of the brands you see arrayed in stores should actually be called … Read More

Touring the Hana no mai Sake Brewery
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Getting to tour a brewery while learning about not only the ancient process of brewing traditional Japanese Sake but the drinks importance throughout Japanese history. This factory was established in 1864 to produce traditional Japanese “sake” (Nihonshu) in the most … Read More

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