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Shakuhachi: The Sacred Japanese Bamboo Flute

Generation Y of modern Japan may find the traditional shakuhachi bamboo flute an old-fashioned instrument. In fact, there is a dwindling number of people that are interested in learning how to play the instrument these days. But before this musical instrument gained popularity among people in the past generations, Zen priests used this instrument as…

Relax and Enjoy the Serenity and Beauty of Matsushima

“Matsushima ah! A-ah, Matsushima, ah! Matsushima, ah!”. The speechless admiration from Matsuo Bashō, the great poet in Edo period, is exactly the same expression I had at first glance of the beautiful Matsushima. Matushima’s small islands onlynativejapan.com/ In my recent trip to Japan, I had one quick stop in Sendai and decided to go on…

Remnants of Eden: Beautiful Kyoto in Japan

Of all the places I’ve traveled throughout Japan, no other place had me in awe as much as the city of Kyoto Japan. The reason behind this is simple. Japan itself is the epitome of the phrase “what you see is what you get.” If you’ve ever looked at an image of a place before…

The 3 Most Majestic Temple Gardens in Kyoto

It’s no surprise that in these days, people tend to have less time for personal pleasures and hobbies such as gardening. Gardens can provide stress relief with the relaxing qualities they possess. Some gardens in Japan even include Zen-influenced principles of design such as simplicity (Kanso), basics (Kiso) or naturalness (Shizen). Let’s take a closer…

The Kyosaku- A Time Machine Going Back to the Present

fr.m.wikipedia.org/ Most of the time, we miss our appointment with the present, losing our time or mind in the past through nostalgia or regret, or otherwise in the future, in ambitions or projects. Imagination and fantasy drive reality out of our minds. It is asking to someone driving a car on a highway while wearing…

6 Deep Cultural Experiences to Have in Japan

Japan is a storehouse for cultural, social and entertainment related experiences. From its amazing history and heritage to the recent modern technological developments, it offers a lot of recreational opportunities to people of all ages. Relax in an Onsen! Meditate in zen gardens! Study in manga cafe or try your luck at pachinko shops! The…

Takashi Miike the “Koanist”

Health and life are characterized by the movement, sickness and death by the inertia and the smothering. The Reason is precious each time it brings us to the life (scientific research, social interaction etc.) but the reason can also confining us in certainties. A world based on logic could fall in complete self-sufficiency and become…