Buddhism

Monks Compete Against Each Other to Reawaken Buddhism Among Japanese

Buddhism is a major religion in Japan. Around 90 million people in the country consider themselves as Buddhists. However, in people’s day-to-day lives, many aspects of Buddhist practices and teachings do not necessarily affect them nor are being practiced. It is also quite hard to meet a monk who will give proper guidance to the…

Going to Miyajima? Don’t Miss This Famous Buddhist Temple!

Popularly known as the Island of the Gods, Miyajima is regarded as one of the most scenic places you can find in Japan. It is rich in virgin forests, well-preserved shrines and temples, and historical monuments. It is said that Daihonzan Daisho-in (大本山大聖院) is the oldest temple on the island, and it can be found…

Where Did Japan’s 7 Lucky Gods Come From?

Japan`s 7 Lucky Gods are an eclectic mix of one Japanese deity (Ebisu) and deities from Indian Hinduist (Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Daikokuten) and Chinese Taoist and Buddhist (Fukurokuju, Hotei, Jurojin) origin. They are called ‘shichifukujin’ in Japanese, which is a combination of the characters “seven,” “luck,” and “deity” (七 福神). Children grow up hearing stories about…

Ken Domon, the Award-Winning Photographer Who Captured Life After War on Film

Ken Domon was a renowned 20th-century Japanese photographer who drew attention from the world with his images of the Hiroshima bombing aftermath. He independently documented the ordinary life of people which made him a prolific contributor to Japanese magazines. He is also considered to be the pioneer of realism due to his meticulous way of…

Experience the Life of a Buddhist Monk for a Few Days at Fumonken in Kyoto!

Beautiful Kyoto is a place filled with many quiet temples and shrines, and among these temples, there are some of which you can stay for a couple of days, known as shukubo. One of the temples in Kyoto where you can stay overnight is Fumonken, which provides the opportunity to experience living as a Buddhist…

Soothe the Mind and Body at the Legendary White Fox Yuda Onsen

Have you ever experienced a hot spring (onsen) in Japan before? For those that have, my guess is that perhaps you may have never experienced one like Yuda Onsen before. Yuda Onsen hot spring is an ancient spring which has been in existence since the year 1200 and also since 1459 the hot spring has…

A Hidden Treasure in Yamaguchi: Ruriko-ji Temple Where the Samurai Once Tread

There are many different temples in Japan today, but there are, of course, some that are outstanding. One of the greatest temples in Japan is Rurikoji temple. Rurikoji temple is a Buddhist temple located in Yamaguchi city. This national treasure is best known for the great five-story pagoda and it is rightly rated among Japan’s…