Category Archives: Buddhism & temple

Japanese eat a sushi roll in a bold way on Feb 3!

Setsubun is the day before the first day of spring according to the lunar calendar. Setsubun falls on February the 3rd in 2013. There are some traditional practices to be done on the occasion. One of the popular practices is … Continue reading

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Gyokusenji temple where the first American consulate in Japan was placed

A zen temple, Gyokusenji is located in Shimoda, Shizuoka.  This was where the first American consulate in Japan was placed.  Japan had closed the country from the 17th to the mid-19th centuries.  During that period, Japan developed in the unique way but fell far behind Western countries in … Continue reading

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Kuonji temple and autumn pleasure

This hall was dedicated to the founder of the Buddhist Nichiren school.  Nichiren, a man of the 13th century was a charismatic leader with a ‘never say die’ spirit.  He survived the penalty to be sent to a remote island … Continue reading

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Kuonji temple in Yamanashi. Why are such long steps?

Kuonji is the top temple of the Buddhist ‘Nichiren’ school.  After the entrance gate there are three routes to get to the main buildings.  A little tough Otoko-zaka (male slope), easy Onna-zaka (female slope) and thrilling steep steps. Big steps are a familiar thing at temples and shrines of Japan.  But … Continue reading

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Yakushiji temple, a temple with many beautiful Buddhist statues

Yakushi-ji temple, a UNESCO world heritage site is located in Nara prefecture.  This temple was established by Emperor Temmu about 1350 years ago.  Emperor Temmu is one of the most famous powerful emperors whom Japanese always learn in school.  Most emperors have been a boss in name only through … Continue reading

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One beautiful spring day

Walking around a small town in the countryside on a warm spring day like this is really fun.  This is a picture of an old Japanese-style house with a beautiful garden and roadside petit temple in which zizo Bodhisattva is worshiped.  Japan’s spring usually lasts until the … Continue reading

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The grave of a famous thief

Eko-in temple in Ryogoku (famous as the sumo area) has the grave of a famous thief of the 19th century.  The famous thief  ‘Nezumi kozo’ was regarded as a hero at the time.  Because he was believed to steal money from rich families (who earned in a … Continue reading

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