Mamakannon, Komaki.

Anyone who has been following this blog a while will know I really love to visit temples and shrines. On a recent visit to Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, I came across a most unique temple; Mamakannon. Entrance. What's unique about it? I'm glad you asked. Mamakannon, or Mama Chichi Kannon, is Japan's only temple dedicated to [...]

Honen Matsuri 2018.

One thing I enjoy most about travel is the opportunity to experience a culture far removed from my own. Japan is a country rich in culture, and I never tire of dipping my toes in its vast waters, so to speak. Recently, I had the opportunity to partake in an unusual cultural experience: Honen Matsuri. [...]

Sumiyoshi Shrine, Fukuoka.

Sumiyoshi Shrine in Hakata City, Fukuoka, has an interesting story to tell. Take a walk through its serene grounds with me, won't you? Entrance. History. Sumiyoshi Shrine is dedicated to safe sea faring. Travellers from Yamato to China and Korea would make a pilgrimage, starting at the head Shrine Sumiyoshi Taisha in Osaka, visiting each [...]

Top 5: Fukuoka.

Fukuoka may just be my favourite city in Japan. I'm simply in love with it. It's hard to choose just 5 things I love about it, but here goes. In no particular order: Nanzoin Temple. Still technically Fukuoka Prefecture, this incredible place is just a 25-30 minute train ride from Hakata Station. It's famous for [...]

Nanzoin Temple.

Anyone who has been following my blog for a while (thank you!), knows I love to visit places of cultural and historical importance. I am particularly fond of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Nanzoin Temple is one of the most breathtaking I have had the pleasure of visiting. Here is why it's worthy of your [...]

Top 5: Taipei.

Taipei is an awesome city in an awesome country. Its one of my favourite cities in the world, and I would move there in a heartbeat. Lets have a look at 5 things I really loved about Taipei. In no particular order: Ximending. Hands down, best district in Taipei. It's one stop away from Taipei [...]

Top 5: Osaka.

I really enjoyed Osaka. It's well located, has a good mix of past and present, and is easy to get round thanks to its efficient and vast subway system. Though it's hard, I've decided to pick out my top 5 favourite things about Osaka. In no particular order: Dotombori. This is the infamous "neon dream" [...]

Ema boards.

Ema boards, or wishing plaques, are a mainstay of Shintoism, but it can also be seen in use in some Buddhist temples. They have a rather interesting origin, allow me to impart. History. The word ema is comprised of two kanji: 絵馬. The first 絵 for picture, and 馬 for horse. Horses are revered as [...]

Korean wedding ducks.

One thing I really love about travelling is the little cultural titbits you can learn along the way. On a recent visit to Seoul I saw and bought an adorable pair of wooden ducks. They aren't just for decor though, as you're about to discover. A bird in the hand. Apparently, the price of love [...]