Shugendo (mountain asceticism) opportunity

The following article from the Japan Times is notable for a number of reasons. Above all it shows how Shugendo is opening up to outsiders in dramatic fashion: rental clothing from a tourist office, and advertisements in English would have been … Continue reading

World Heritage anime (Tamaki)

One World Heritage listed shrine I haven’t been able to visit yet is the remote Tamaki Shrine in Totsukawa, Nara prefecture.  It lies on the Omine Okugakemichi, one of the pilgrimage routes registered in the Kii Mountain site, and is … Continue reading

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