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

Aomori delights

Nioga Falls Chance discoveries are always the most exciting for being unexpected.  One such find on my exploration of the Shirakawa Sanchi World Heritage Site was the Nioga Falls.  it lies on the way from Hirosaki City to the mountainous … Continue reading

Shinto tree ritual

Japan Today reports an unusual ritual carried out on a lone survivor of last year’s Tohoku tsunami. It must surely be a first: hard to imagine there’s any precedent! ********************************************** Tsunami ‘miracle pine’ cut down as part of project to … Continue reading

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