It seems wherever you go in Japan, there is a pilgrimage route nearby.  Some of these are major pilgrimages, like that of the Kumano Kodo, while others are local and less well-known.  There are 33 Kannon pilgrimages, Seven Lucky Deity … Continue reading

Sacred and secular mountains

Mountains are a vital part of Japan’s identity, and Mt Fuji its sacred symbol. Some 70% of the country is mountainous, and the terrain is characterised by rice-growing villages set amongst steep hillsides. These ‘abodes of the gods’ have shaped … Continue reading

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