By NatPriddle

Kegon Falls: Visit One of Japan’s Most Majestic Waterfalls this Autumn!

The town of Nikko sits at the entrance to Nikko National Park. This place is especially famous for being the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu is the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate and the father of modern Japan. Within Nikko is the most lavishly decorated shrine in possibly all of Japan; Toshogu shrine.…

Oshino Ninja Village: Try Your Hand at Shuriken!

Ninjas are famous worldwide for being the silent assassins of feudal Japan. The ninja played a role in the warring states period of Japanese history, infiltrating and assassinating top targets. Many people from across the world are fascinated by these agile agents. Oshino Ninja Village ”Shinobi no Sato” opened in 2015 near the base of…

Unleash Your Inner Warrior in the Samurai Dress–Up Studio

Samurai are a very famous aspect of Japanese history. you may have seen films about these brave and noble warriors, or seen them in anime. Whichever way you have come to know samurai there is always on sure-fire way to recognise them: their armour. The Samurai Armour The start of armour wearing in Japan began…

5 Essential Ingredients for Japanese Cooking!

If you love Japan you probably also like the food. If you aren’t lucky enough to be living in Japan then, like me, you may wonder how to recreate some of the delicious Japanese foods at home. It can seem quite difficult knowing where to start with Japanese cooking, as it can be intricate and…

Aokigahara: The Forest Grown on Mt. Fuji’s Lava

Aokigahara is a famous forest which spreads around the northern foot of the iconic Mount Fuji. This deep forest is known as the “sea of trees” or Aokigahara-jukai. The trees cover over 3,000 hectares of land and the forest is deep. It reaches from the west coast of Lake Sai to the eastern shores of…

Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine, A Shrine in the Forest of Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the icon of Japan and is very well known. However it is not just at the current moment in which Mount Fuji is seen as a monument of beauty. In the Shinto religion, the native religion of Japan, Mount Fuji was worshipped as a god. In this way people did not climb…

A Trip to the Past: Visit a Samurai Town

Many people know of the samurai, the nobility of the military in medieval Japan. Lots of people find themselves fascinated with these icons of the Japanese past. Today, you can still experience a bit of this rich past. bugfox.net/ The history of Samurai Originally, samurai were known as bushi or buke. The word samurai first…

Explore the Ice and Wind Caves Created by Mount Fuji

Everyone is familiar with the beauty of Mount Fuji. We have all seen stunning pictures of its beauty, or been lucky enough to visit it in person. We often think of Mount Fuji as an icon, a beautiful symmetrical cone to view, or climb. The history of Mount Fuji and its creation is actually more…

The Edo Tail Behind the Ancient Tokaido Trail

Way back in Japanese history, before the advent of high-speed trains, the path from Edo to Kyoto was well travelled. Without modern ways of travelling, such as by train or plane, foot power was the only way. When the Edo period dawned, the capital of Japan was moved from Kyoto, where it had been held…

Hayao Miyazaki: The Father of Anime

You may not know his name, but you surely you know his films. Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎駿) is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, one of the most successful anime film companies in the world. Originally founded in 1985, Studio Ghibli has 8 films in the top 15 highest-grossing anime films ever! So, it is unlikely you’ve…
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