Miko, veiled in mystery

Costumed miko at the biennial Sanno Festival in Tokyo (photo by AP in today’s Japan Today) JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) has this to say about the festival: Dates: June 9th-16th Place: Hie-jinja Shrine City: Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo The Sanno … Continue reading

Thank you!

It’s the one-year anniversary of this blog, and I couldn’t have asked for a better year…  There have been over 170.000 hits, far more than expected, and the positive feedback has given me the incentive to keep posting and to … Continue reading

Myth-making and Kojiki

  Origins In the late seventh century Emperor Tenmu ordered Are of the Hieda clan to learn by heart the old traditions which were in danger of being lost or ‘interpreted wrongly’.  Clearly the intention was to shape the existing … Continue reading

Spring haiku

Unseen guardians of these mossy steps –  spring sunshine shade … Continue reading

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