religion

Mt Omine’s Ban on Women and 3 Tests of Courage!

Mount Omine is a holy mountain located in the Nara Prefecture and although it is popularly known as Mount Omine, its official name is actually Mount Sanjo. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is popular for its three tests of courage. The Ominesanji Temple is situated at the top of the mountain…

Be in Awe of Konjikido, the Golden Palace of Iwate

Many people know of the very famous building Kinkakuji in Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion. Few people are aware of the golden hall, Konjikido, which stands in Iwate prefecture. Entirely covered in gold, Konjikido is a sight to behold. Tendai Buddhism   japan-iwate.info/ The Tendai sect of Buddhism originated in 805. The founder, Saicho, was influenced…

Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto: Traditional Yet Enthralling

In the western suburbs of Kyoto, lies a villa with associated gardens and outbuildings. It is called Katsura Imperial Villa and is regarded as an important large-scale cultural treasure in Japan. It is a perfect example of the essence of traditional Japanese designs. The History Katsura is a district in Kyoto and it has long…

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…

The True Beauty and Art of Ikebana Flower Arrangement

Ikebana is one of the traditional art forms of Japan. With a rich history of over 600 years the art of ikebana is continually evolving. Let’s learn about this fascinating art form and where it came from. The History of Ikebana Ikebana is said to have started around 600 years ago with its origins in…

A Brief History of Nagasaki: The Emergence of Christianity and its Role

Like many other modern cities, Nagasaki too started as a small fishing village. How it developed from an unknown place into today’s famous city will be detailed in this article. Nagasaki was founded just before 1500 as a village for fishermen. Its inhabitants, who most likely were the first Japanese, came into contact with some…