mythology

The Road to Hell and Celebrating Death in Japan

Heaven and Hell are common in any religion. Japan has many religions and the Japanese concept of hell is quite interesting. There are two major religions in Japan which are: Shinto and Buddhism. There are minor religions as well, such as the Ainu religion followed by the indigenous Ainu people of Japan. There are quite…

Take a Step into the Afterlife at Eerie Mount Osore

There are three most sacred places in Japan: Mount Osore (Osorezan), Koyasan and Hieizan. Among the three, Osorezan, translated to “Fear Mountain,” is considered as the “gateway to hell.”   The place has a peculiar and strange feeling making tourists uneasy and wanting to leave the place as soon as they get there. This is…

Japanese National Foundation Day and the History Behind It

Every country has at least one National Holiday commemorating the day the country was founded or the day the country became glorified etc. Japan has been sovereign and isolated throughout its history. It is believed that the foundation of Japan has taken place some two thousand years ago by its first Emperor named Jimmu. The…

3 Popular Animals in the Japanese Mythology

Every culture has a rich tapestry of folk tales and mythology, and Japan is no exception. You may be familiar with Yokai from scary stories or films, but there are some characters in the folk law that are a bit cuter, although they still might be naughty! Three animals are often written about in Japanese…

Japanese Mythology; Coming in Japan is also learning about culture

Why is it important to know about Japanese mythologies? Well, during your trip in Japan, you might actually notice a few symbols on temples, shrines and even souvenirs that you won’t understand unless you read this article. Raijin (left) & Fujin (right), by Tawayara Sotatsu Fujin and Raijin are the most famous creatures, you can’t…