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Explore Little India in Japan – Kobe Jain Temple

The Southern city of Kobe has long been known for its diversity due to its overseas settlers from centuries ago. Kobe has churches, mosques and temples of different beliefs. The Kobe Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Japan. There are also a Gurudwara (Sikhs’ holy place) and a Jain temple near by the…

Discover Beautiful Historical Sites in Kochi City, Southern Japan

There are some places in Japan which boast casual atmosphere and a dose of southern flair. One popular place for this is Kochi City, the capital of Kochi Prefecture. It has several attractions of interest for travelers. The city is proud of its original hilltop castle from the feudal period (Kochi Castle) and a mountain…

Miyajima And the Floating Torii Gate, A Day Trip from Hiroshima

On an island just a short trip away from Hiroshima city, you can see one of the most iconic scenes in Japan, the Torii gate of the Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima Island (officially known as Itsukushima Island). The Torii gate is famous as it stands out on the beach and at high tide appears to…

Heian Jinja: the Shrine that Celebrates Kyoto

One of the newest Shrines located outside the ancient capital, is Heian Jinja. It was built in 1895 to commemorate 1,100 years of the city. The word heian which means peaceful and tranquil, was used as official name of Kyoto (Heian-Kyo) for about 4 centuries. This Shrine is in the top list among 80,000 Shrines…

Japanese Church Weddings: Christian Only for a Moment

What do you think when you think of a Japanese wedding? Perhaps the bride’s white wedding kimonos and the red paper umbrellas and the wooden temples come to mind. However, the reality is that traditional Japanese weddings are expensive, and prohibitively so for many young couples struggling to start their new lives together. So instead…

What is Shinto? Learn about its History and Importance

Many people have heard of Shinto, either by reading about Shinto shrines or through study into religions. But what is Shinto? History of Shinto thediplomat.com/ Shinto is not a monotheistic religion, many kami or spirits are worshipped, reflecting the initial clan structure of primal Shinto. The Kofun period of Japanese history led to the introduction…

Why do the Japanese always clean? Cleanliness in Japan

Japan has been obsessed with cleanliness for centuries. The early European and Chinese travellers have mentioned it in their historical documents hundreds of years ago. The Japanese give a lot of importance to cleaning oneself and the surroundings. A Japanese fan cleaning up the stadium after a soccer match rt.com/ If you are in Japan,…

5 most important Shrines and Temples of Nagoya

1. Atsuta shrine Author’s photo This is one of the most famous and important Shinto shrines in Nagoya. Atsuta shrine is said to be the second most important shrine of all Japan and is devoted to Amaterasu, the Goddess of Sun. This shrine is believed to be the home of a famous imperial sword called…

Miyajima Island called the gate of Gods

Island In Japan, there is an island called the island of the Gods or commonly known as Miyajima. This island was discovered by a monks kudabashi and kukai, they said that they felt the holiness of the place since then it became a destination for many people and known as a spiritual heritage. c1.staticflickr.com/ The…

3 Popular Animals in the Japanese Mythology

Every culture has a rich tapestry of folk tales and mythology, and Japan is no exception. You may be familiar with Yokai from scary stories or films, but there are some characters in the folk law that are a bit cuter, although they still might be naughty! Three animals are often written about in Japanese…
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