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 [...]

Hanami festivals on Okinawa 2017.

Hanami. A tradition of flower viewing held long and dear by the Japanese people. In this case, for cherry blossom trees. Cherry blossoms (or sakura, to use their Japanese name), are a beautiful pink flower that bloom in Spring for several weeks, before departing for an entire year, leaving lush foliage in their place. A [...]

Osaka Castle

One of the best known, and most popular attractions, of Osaka is arguably it's castle. Nestled within grand ramparts, the stark white walls and the Jade green roof sits in contrast to the blue of the sky; it's a bewitching sight. Let's delve into its rich history, and discover why it's such a symbolic part [...]