Chofu

3 Of The Most Moving Stories and Tributes to Dogs in Tokyo

The cat vs dog debate will rage for ages, but whether one is a dog lover (犬派) or cat lover (猫派), most people can agree that the loyalty and warmth of dogs are unrivaled in the animal world. In Japan, there are a few places in particular that honor the special bond between dogs and…

Meet Strange Ghosts and Monsters in the Otherworldly City of Chofu (Tokyo)

In Japanese folklore, there are two types of mythical beings: yokai and yurei. There is a dizzying array of classification systems with the precise definitions varying by author and time period, and regardless of which you choose, there will always be fuzzy exceptions and beings that are hard to classify. That being said, in modern…

Get Your Good Luck for 2016 at Jindaiji Temple’s Daruma Doll Festival

Daruma dolls are famous in Japan as good luck charms. At the beginning of every year, many Japanese return or burn their old Daruma dolls and get new ones. The famous Jindaiji temple in Chofu, Tokyo, conducts a large Daruma Doll Festival from March 3-4 where you can buy daruma dolls for 2016. The Festival…