Shitennoji Temple

Osaka’s Men Brave Cold Water and Run to the Temple at Doya Doya Matsuri

It’s winter in January in Japan and there are low temperatures in many places. Would anyone dare to take a cold shower in the morning? I bet you would not! But there are some strong fellows risking weather and running (almost) naked while cold water is flung onto them. What is all this craziness? Doya…

Prince Shotoku: the Legend, the Leader, the Man

Who Was Prince Shotoku When people refer to Japan as a Buddhist nation, this man is being remembered in a small way. Prince Shotoku was regent (interim ruler) appointed by Empress Suiko in 593. He is also known as Prince Umayado, or Prince Kamitsumiya. He is known and revered for promulgating Buddhism in Japan. He…