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Have a Memorable Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto with These 3 Cultural Activities

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is a sophisticated hotel famous for providing guests with authentic Japanese cultural experiences. It is set in a quiet area of Kyoto capable of drifting guests into total tranquility. As of the time being, the hotel is offering guests three new unparalleled cultural guest activities that will make their stay in Kyoto…

Why Are Buddhist Monks in Japan Allowed to Get Married?

Not only are Buddhist monks in Japan allowed to get married and have children, they are also allowed to eat meat and consume alcohol. However, these only apply to some of them. Monks who have vowed to be celibate are not allowed to do the aforementioned things, whereas monks who have not vowed to be…

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…

Dare to Walk Along 200,000 Tombstones? Head to Japan’s Largest Cemetery!

About 200,000 tombstones line the 2-kilometer long Okunoin Cemetery which can be found at Mt. Koya. It is known to be the largest cemetery in Japan. It entombs Kobo Daishi (Kukai), an influential Heian monk who’s most revered in the country’s religious history. But what makes this graveyard a popular pilgrimage spot? Let’s try to…

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…

Amazon Is Now Offering a Monk Delivery Service in Japan?

Japanese life is, no doubt, getting busier every single day that communal ties to Buddhist temples are gradually fading. The practice of finding a monk online for ritual purposes has long been done by different families. It provided ease and comfort to those who have a hard time looking for a monk. Recently, Amazon allowed…