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

SENGAKUJI TEMPLE AND THE AKOU INCIDENT
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NEWS FLASH! We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring you this special bulletin. On December 14th, crowds of history fans will descend upon Sengakuji Temple in Takanawa! Here’s why:   SENGAKUJI TEMPLE AND THE AKOU INCIDENT The 14th of … Read More

Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? (Episode Two: Enter Ushiwakamaru)
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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 Two: Enter Ushiwakamaru During late … Read More

Visit an Academic God
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One of the most famous names in Japanese history is Sugawara no Michizane. This name is known all over Japan and is considered as much of a household name as Ieyasu Tokugawa. Sugawara no Michizane is enshrined in hundreds of … Read More

Can You Keep a Secret? Four Secret Hot Springs
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An “onsen” is a Japanese hot spring, including the bathing facilities and inns frequently situated around them. As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsens scattered throughout its length and breadth. While earthquakes occur often in Japan, it … Read More

Cana feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?(Episode One: Setting the scene)
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  ZENDOUJI Temple, Tarui town, Gifu Prefecture Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid? Episode One: Setting the scene Since the beginning is always a good place to start, let me start with … Read More

Kenchoji(temple)
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The Kencho-ji Temple is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan, and ranks first out of five temples that are called “Kamakura’s Five Mountain Zen Temples.” This temple was built in 1253, which was the fifth year of the Kencho … Read More

Origami at temples and Shrines
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What is Sendazuru?-The most beautiful Origami: Senbazuru Have you ever heard of the story of Sadako Sasaki? The 12-year-old Sadako Sasako developed leukemia right after the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima. She tried to make 1,000 Origami cranes in order to … Read More

15 Unique Festivals Only Found in Japan(11~15)
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11 Yokote Snow Festival Every year on February 15th, beginning 450 years ago, there is a traditional event in honor of the Japanese water deity. The word “kamakura” means “igloo.” During the Kamakura festival, you can see many big Kamakura … Read More

15 Unique Festivals Only Found in Japan(6~10)
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6 The Sendai star festival The Star Festival is derived from the legend of Vega and Altair. This princess and prince had much fun being together and stop working hard on their royal duties. The king was angered by this … Read More

15 Unique Festivals Only Found in Japan(1~5)
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The word of festival in Japanese is “Matsuri”. The purpose of having traditional events and local events is to create community revitalization. It looks like there are many different kinds of festivals in Japan, however, they all originally derive from … Read More

“Kamakura – The Coexistence of Old and New”
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Japan is unique because it respects traditional culture, yet it lets new customs develop as well. Therefore, you find new technology and traditional values coexist. This coexistence makes Japan special for foreign visitors. In the following, we are going to … Read More

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