The second place we visited after Inoue Buddhist altar shop was Honmachi-Juku which is the remodeled old Japanese house as an accommodation, mixing traditional and modern styles. The caretaker told us sometimes guests are gathering at a shared room and playing games together. Soon after you enter the house, you can see a bar counter …

Last Friday, I and a staff went to Hikone searching nice places. First, we visited Inoue Inc., a Buddhist altar shop on Nanamagari (literally meaning “Seven Turns”) Street known as a craftsmen street near Hikone Castle. In this shop, Buddhist altars in which craftsmanship is standing out are arranged. They are creating not only Buddhist …

Sanzohoshi Gnesho, a priest, translated 600 sutra books which was basis of Daihannyashinkyo. The action in the video is called Tendoku (skip-reading), it is said that people can pray for and receive good health by feeling the air of sutra books. This event is held on April 7 every year at Kawarayazenji Temple. If you …

Cherry blossom season almost ends here Shiga. But, you can still enjoy Japanese Spring with double    cherry blossoms and azaleas!