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Yamabushi: The Mountain Priests of Japan

The Weird and Wonderful World of Yamabushi # 1. What is a Yamabushi? Yamabushi also known Shugenja are the mountain-wandering priests of Japan. Their name literally means “those who lie in the mountains” from kanji 山 (yama) mountain and 伏 (bushi) in...

Enmeiji Temple’s 250kg Bomb Fragment

A case of being stuck next to the wrong neighbour Japanese Buddhist temples are generally places associated with worship and a space to enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation. It therefore seems odd that a temple would have ammunition on display in...

Minobusan: Kuonji Temple

The Perennial Home of Nichiren Buddhism From a distance the 1,153 metres high Mount Minobusan looks rather innocuous, however belying its mild exterior is the head temple of the Nichiren Shu order of Buddhism. In short Nichiren Shu is an offshoot of...

Erinji Temple

The Erinji Temple Pays Homage to a Pre-eminent Daimyo Nestled in the mountain foothills surrounding Koshu City, a wine and grape growing area, finds the Erinji Temple 恵林寺 which is well-known throughout Japan. The temple was founded in 1330 and later...

Tama Lake

Pedalling Around Tama Lake While artificial lakes are prevalent throughout Japan ones that contain cycling paths encompassing their length and breadth are not. Enter Tama Lake 多摩湖 located in Higashiyamato City in the western end of Tokyo and...

Kiyomizu-dera Kyoto

A Pilgrimage to the Quintessential Temple While yesterday was unfathomably cold, today Kyoto turned into one gigantic puddle with incessant rain putting a dampener on things so to speak. Stoically we decided to adhere to our original itinerary by...

Mt. Iwatakeishiyama 岩茸石山

Mt. Sogakusan 惣岳山 – Mt. Iwatakeishiyama 岩茸石山 – Mt. Takamizusan 高水山 . . Winter Escape On Tokyo’s Door Step Many of the best hikes around Tokyo are situated along the Ome Line 青梅線 which stretches from Tachikawa to the town of Okutama. This hike...

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