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

Dewa Sanzan pilgrimage

Japan is covered in mountains, many of which have been considered sacred since ancient times.  A few years ago while travelling down from Aomori to Kyoto, I took the train along the Japan Sea and stopped off at various points, … Continue reading

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