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3 Places to Find Samurai Ghosts In and Around Tokyo

Planning to visit Tokyo? Wondering how you can make your visit truly memorable and unique? Why, by searching for samurai ghosts, of course. As it happens, stories about the lost souls of samurai have been a staple of traditional Kabuki and Noh theatre, for centuries, and are still popular in modern Japanese films, such as…

Step into the Tale of the Historical 47 Ronin Vendetta at Sengaku-Ji Temple!

If you’ve heard of the 47 loyal Ronin, you must have also heard of the Sengaku-ji Temple where their graves can be found. It is a Buddhist Temple located in the neighborhood of Takanawa, Tokyo which was considered as one of the three major temples in the Edo Era together with Seishoji Temple and Sosenji…

Are You a Fan of the Vagabond Manga? Take Miyamoto Musashi’s Journey!

From the same brilliant mind that produced Slam Dunk, Vagabond is a manga written and drawn by Takehiko Inoue from Kagoshima prefecture. The story is based on a real and very legendary figure in the art of the sword; Miyamoto Musashi. This is a list of places that the ronin journeyed to in his quest…

Soma Nomaoi: A Brief on the Wild Horse Racing Samurai Festival

There was a time in the 10th century when Samurai warriors secretly commenced military exercises which involved the general releasing wild horses onto a plain where they were then pursued and captured by his cavalry. In the end, the captured horses were given as offerings to the Shinto deity. This traditional festival is still being…

4 of the Most Legendary Samurai in History

Japanese history is full of a military tactics, great samurai and shoguns, but these few are exceptional. They are the most famous soldiers and samurai in Japanese history and will always be remembered for their bravery. Taira no Kiyomori 1118-1181 この投稿をInstagramで見る #平清盛 #平清盛900歳祭 #平清盛像 #厳島神社 #安芸の宮島 #安芸の宮島🍁 #清盛恐るべし #青空 #sky #澄み渡る @ houzoyamaがシェアした投稿 – 2018年11月月13日午後11時22分PST…

A Tokyo Ghost Story: The Angry Spirit of Taira no Masakado

Tokyo is one of the most densely populated areas in the world: more than 6000 people live in 1 square kilometer in this metropole. This also means that space is scarce, and especially in popular downtown districts every square meter is utilized to the maximum. This makes it all the more surprising to find a…

Magnificent Himeji Castle, An Absolute Guide of all Must-See Highlights

As the largest, most often visited and one of the Japan’s oldest surviving castles, Himeji Castle dates back to 1333. Originally built as a fort by Akamatsu Norimura and later transformed into a castle two centuries later in Himeji City, Hyogo, the “White Heron Castle” as Himeji is also known as, is a World Heritage…

The Rise and Fall of the Powerful Samurai Warlord, Oda Nobunaga

Oda Nobunaga is one of the most prominent figures in the history of Japan. In fact, millennials today still recognize his contributions to the unification of Japan. In one of the segments of the defunct Japanese TV show called Cartoon-KATTUN, two of the hosts, i.e. Kamenashi Kazuya and Jin Akanishi have expressed their admiration to…

Keeping Japan’s Ancient Family Crest Tradition Alive in Today’s World

As modernization continues to assimilate other cultures into one global culture, Japan is battling over the preservation of its traditions; and one of these traditions is the use of the family crest (kamon) and the incorporation of it into their daily lives. The use of crest or symbols in Japan to represent kinship has continued…

Matsumoto Castle: A Must for Castle Lovers!

Depending on different sources and opinions, the ranking of the great castles differ. Apart from Himeji and Kumamoto castle, I personally would recommend Matsumoto Castle (松本城) as one of the “Must Visit” places if you are into castles. Located in Nagano, Matsumoto Castle earned its name as the “Crow castle” because of its elegant black…