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Kinkaku-ji – Kyoto’s Golden Treasure

Kyoto is a traveller's paradise for Buddhist temples and shrines (like Kinkakuji) and heralded as the Traditional Capital of Japan, the number of tourists...

Journey to the Center of the Buddha

It has got very cold as of late, but today offers rare blue skies and a warm winter sun. Today might be the last...

Journey in Japan Part 52: House of Red Leaves

There is a famous phrase in Japan, “You haven’t seen real beauty until you’ve seen Nikkō.” So far on this trip, I haven’t really...

Journey in Japan Part 51: On the Other Side of the Mountain

Today I have decided to take a break from city life. I have booked a night at a Japanese inn, known as a ryokan....

Journey in Japan Part 45: Head of a lion, tail of a dog

The sun is shining, so naturally, I feel productive. I head over to Roppongi to visit the Tokyo Midtown Award. The awards are in...

Journey in Japan Part 11: Bike to the Fuchsia

A cloudy day, but hot, with a cool breeze. The perfect day to cycle. Today I have a lot of motivation. My first stop...

Journey in Japan Part 6: Birds thrown around, bullets for hail

The largest storm on the planet passed through Beppu last night. The storm had drifted a little south of its predicted trajectory, but we still...

Seven Gods Pilgrimage – Taitoku, Tokyo

Lucky Number Seven Gods of Fortune Today I attempt to go on a pilgrimage. Seven different gods, seven different sacred sites. My first stop is Shingen-ji...