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The Obenten & Kobenten Islands

If you follow the road from Tanjoh-ji Temple to the ocean you will find a board walk that continues north overlooking Tai-no-Ura Bay. After the pathway bends around the cliff side you will be able to see two small islands, not more than 30m (100ft) of the coast, that mark the birth place of the Buddhist Priest Nichiren. 25 more words

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Seichoji (Kiyosumi) Temple

Seichoji Temple (清澄寺), also referred to as “Kiyosumi-dera,”is where The Holy Priest Nichiren Shonin studied Buddhism when he was twelve. After leaving to study in places such as Kamakura and Kyoto, Nichiren returned in 1253 at the age of 32 and established his own doctrine. 103 more words

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Tanjoh-ji Temple

Tanjoh-ji Temple (誕生寺) was originally built in 1276 to commemorate the birth of the Holy Priest Nichiren Shonin (1222-1282), proliferator of the lotus sutra. After earthquakes, tidal waves, and a great fire that left behind nothing but the wooden statue of Nichiren Shonin and the main temple gate, the current structure is actually the 4th reconstruction of the original temple. 20 more words

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Oyama Senmaida

The Oyama Senmaida (大山千枚田), terraced rice paddies of Kamogawa, continue to be carefully maintained and cultivated even after the heavy machinery and automatic farming methods boom of the 1970’s. 66 more words

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Yabusame

Kamogawa’s Yabusame Festival (流鏑馬) is held annually on the last Sunday of September. The Shinto ritual is celebrated in the hopes of predicting the following year’s harvest. 64 more words

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Godosai

Kamogawa’s largest festival, Godosai, is held annually in September by seven shrines located throughout the city. The Oura-Yakumo, Shirahata, Hie, Kumano, Suwa, Yokosuka-Yakumo, and Hachiman shrines march through the streets to the sounds of Japanese Taiko Drums and bamboo flutes shouldering large parade floats like the one below.

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Wonderful world of Waterfalls

Within the first week of moving into my new home, I was beginning to see what sort of scenery the mountains around Kamogawa have to offer. 124 more words

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