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Exploring Kōchi Prefecture

One of famous big summer festival, Yosakoi Festival, is held in Kochi from 9th to 12th August. We are supporting international teams. We took a time to explore Kōchi Prefecture all day long yesterday. We even went to a hidden spot with an astonishing view😉  We enjoyed different kind of landscapes and Japan’s beautiful nature. Be …

10,000 Lantern Festival

From 3rd to 5th August a nice summer festival was held at Taga Shrine in Shiga region. 10,000 lantern festival – Do you want to count them? Have a look at the photos and enjoy it yourself next year!

Rosary Accessary Shop in Omihachiman

This post is continued from the previous post of Omihachiman short trip. There are the Sennari Tei famous as a Omi beef restaurant, cafe, and shops on the street paved with stones beside Hachiman-bori. We found that we can experience making an accessary at the shop Bijoux. The shop staff taught us that Prince Shotoku …

Hachiman-bori Canal in Omihachiman

Japan is in the rainy season right now. But yesterday was sunny! I and a staff visited Omihachiman. There is old town scenery remaining in Omihachiman and this place is usually used as a shooting location for films and historical dramas called Jidaigeki. The movies “Rurouni Kenshin” and “Nomitori Samurai” was shoot there. Also, yesterday …

Join a traditional “matsuri” (festival) this summer in Japan!

Hello! Don’t you want to join a traditional “matsuri” (festival) this summer in Japan? Anyone can participate in the festival, no matter what nationality you are. Are you living in outside of Japan? If you can come to Japan to participate in this festival, you can of course join! If you are interested in, please …

Searching Nice Places in Hikone; Honmachi-Juku.( Accomodation)

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 …

Searching Nice Places in Hikone; Inoue Inc.( Buddhist altar shop)

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 …

Daihannya Prayer Meetings

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!

I’ve heard the news about the earthquake in Taiwan, my heart hurts very much.

I’ve heard the news about the earthquake in Taiwan, my heart hurts very much. Japan has been hit by a big earthquake as well known. That’s why I can imagine the horror and possible difficulties after the disaster. I sincerely pray for the recovery of Taiwanese people. In addition, Taiwanese people have given tremendous support …