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Yakisoba Gion

Before going to Japan, I was under the impression that Osaka would be new and cool while Kyoto would be old and pretty. So, after experiencing what was truly some cool stuff in Osaka, I was excited to go to Kyoto to see some temples or whatever. 1,343 more words

A floating Torii and overly friendly deer! The island of Miyajima - Day 1

When we left Tokyo our first trip was to Miyajima (Shrine Island), an island about 40 minutes from Hiroshima. The Island is most famed for its giant red torii that appears to be floating in the sea. 650 more words


Worshipping the Seen and Unseen

Years ago, I read somewhere that “a Pagan is someone who worships what they can actually see.” To this day, this is one of my favourite definitions of the word “Pagan.” 502 more words

Shinto / Japanese Religion

Reading the Air: Daimonji - 2

Later that day, with the morning preparations completed, Nohmen and Kokoro climbed again to the giant fire ship on the hillside.  The sun was slowly sliding down the sky.   682 more words

Reading The Air: Life-magic In Japan

Reading the Air: Daimonji - 1

Nohmen and Kokoro woke up extra early on the morning of the Daimonji farewell ceremony, chanted quickly, and then rushed to the city wearing strong boots and sun hats.   791 more words

Reading The Air: Life-magic In Japan

Tranquility in Tokyo: The Meiji Shrine

After a walk through Shibuya and past Harajuku we ended up at the Meiji Shrine which is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shōken. 187 more words