You’ll see these a lot in Japanese shrines – wishing plaques. They’re little bits of wood you can buy with a picture and some words, and you can write a message on the back and hang it up. It’s interesting to see all the different … Continue reading Ema
The Fushimi Inari-taisha is another of those amazing Japanese sights. It’s a shrine on the side of a mountain in Kyoto with over 5,000 bright orange torii gates leading all the way to the top. It can get very crowded, but the torii gates do … Continue reading Orange Torii
Tokyo is remarkably clean for its size, but it’s not without a few rough edges. Here is an invader (see also here, here, and here), found on a street leading from Shibuya to Harajuka.
In a break from my usual terse posts I thought I’d tackle a big subject here in Japan: cherry blossom season. The Japanese are very serious about their cherry blossom. Blossom forecasts appear regularly on TV throughout the day (along with helpful tips about not … Continue reading The Big Big Japanese Cherry Blossom Post
Ever wanted to be silently judged by thousands of small white waving cats? Then Gotokuji Temple is the place for you! From what the internet tells me it’s maybe the home of maneki neko the cat, or maybe not. The temple itself told me lots … Continue reading Neko Neko Neko
This temple in Kyoto is almost surreally beautiful. A perfect golden building next to a perfectly pruned lake with ideally situated trees and rocks. I can imagine someone had a dream one day and made the landscape look just like it. It probably looks good in … Continue reading Kinkaku-ji
If you take one of the trains out of Kyoto you will find a little station that runs a steam train through the mountains to Arashiyama. From there you can walk through this bamboo grove. The good thing about the grove is that selfie sticks … Continue reading Arashiyama