religious

7 common structures of Japanese Buddhist Temples

Buddhism was inherited from other nations during the past, the Buddhist temples of Japan have a look and structure similar to the temples of China, Nepal, India etc. There are a lot of small and big statues that can be found around the temple areas and also inside it. Along with the main temple hall…

Jizo, the Protector of the Children’s Souls

Have you ever seen a little buddha statue on your way to the nearest supermarket, or maybe, on a roadside while heading to your college? Ever wondered what exactly those little buddhas are? Those little buddhas are called Jizo or politely ‘o-jizo sama’. They are said to guide Buddhists to Nirvana. And are the most…

The Great Buddha of Toganji temple, Nagoya

Off the beaten path Even though, many tourists visit Nagoya every day, the quietest place I have seen there is the Toganji temple which has a great Buddha statue peaking up through the greenery around. I think most people miss this place or it may not be included in their travel schedule. This temple is…

Shrine vs. Temple, telling them apart is easy!

I have always been confused as how to differentiate between a shrine and a temple. It took me few years before I was finally fully able to distinguish them. When my friends and family were coming to visit me in Japan, they would ask me the same questions. So, let me summarise the differences that…