Shinto & Buddhism

2018.08.14
Hanazono Jinja: Find Peace and Prosperity at Shinjuku’s Largest Shrine
One of my favorite pastimes is discovering temples and shrines tucked away within the dense urban landscape of Tokyo. Sometimes the only hints you’ll
2018.08.08
Let’s Explore Arakicho: Empty Fields Turned into a Temple District in the Heart of Tokyo.
The Teramachi district, in the heart of Tokyo, consists of many temples, and the famous Suga Shrine featured in the “Your Name” movie. In this walking
2018.04.26
VOWZ BAR, a bar managed by real Buddhist monks!
The editor-in-chief of the Japanese version of Tadaima Japan, Mr. Shigenobu, had invited me to discover two vegetarian friendly bars in Arakicho, his
yotsuya oiwa inari tamiya shrine
2018.01.15
Oiwa Inari Tamiya Jinja, a shrine connected to one of Japan’s most famous ghost stories “Yotsuya Kaidan”
Japan has a tradition of ghost stories dating from the Edo period and if you’ve been here before you may have heard some of them. “Yotsuya Kaidan” or
大麻(オオヌサ)
2017.03.30
The mystery of Ōnusa (大麻) used in Shinto rituals.
Ōnusa (大麻) is a tool used for purification at Shinto religious services. Ōnusa (大麻) can also be read as "Taima" in Japanese. ‘Taima’ is a plant of the
2017.01.22
Visit Suga Shrine in Tokyo's Yotsuya: Ward off evil then see a real-life location for the hit anime film, “Your name”
In Tokyo’s Yotsuya area, at the heart of the city, Suga Shrine retains a peaceful atmosphere in an oasis of greenery. Originally an Inari Shrine - a
2016.10.03
Ojizo-san, a deity with a red cloth.
You may see statues wearing red bibs while walking in the countryside of Japan. These statues are the Jizo Bosatsu deity, who is in charge of protecti
玄関のちまき
2016.10.01
You’ll often see a chimaki at the front door of private houses in Kyoto. This is actually considered an amulet.
because of the bamboo leaves. Chimaki is also an amulet displayed at the entrance of houses and looks like a bundle of straw. I’ll introduce the chima
Oracles
2016.07.19
Let’s consult an oracle at Temples and Shrines in Japan!
Japanese people get their fortunes by consulting an oracle at temples and shrines. It’s very rare to find temples and shrines without them. Today I’d
2016.07.18
What is Shinto, 'the way of the spirits' ? A short introduction to Japan's oldest religion.
To the rest of the world, Japan is often perceived as Buddhist country. The truth is Buddhism arrived in japan around the 6th Century. Before that, Ja
senja-fuda
2016.06.29
Have you ever wondered what these stickers are in Japanese temples and shrines?
During the Edo period (1603 to 1868), visiting temples and shrines to make a wish for their well-being was popular among the people at the time. Peopl
Events for February
2016.01.14
【WINTER】Festivals before spring! Events for early February.
Wed, 3rd February: Honjo-ji Temple’s Oni Dance in Sanjo city, Niigata Prefecture The 3rd of February is a day called “Setsubun”, and is the start o
Shichi-go-san
2015.11.09
A festival to wish for the growth of children ages three, five, and seven. “Shichi-go-san”
It’s a day to celebrate children’s growth. You might see children dressed in Kimono during the sunny days of November. Their parents, grandparents,
Events for the second half of November
2015.10.23
【AUTUMN】Events for the second half of November
Saturday the 14th of November: Taimatsu Akashi in Sukagawa city, Fukushima Prefecture It’s one of the three largest fire festivals in Japan with 42
zeniarai
2015.09.20
If you wash money in spring water, it will multiply!? A spiritual spot in a mysterious cave at Zeniarai Benten Shrine in Kamakura.
Going to the precincts of the shrine after passing through a tunnel in the rock wall… Do you know about a very famous shrine that brings luck with