Summer is just around the corner (and with it the Kansai heat), so why not head to one of Japan’s “three most beautiful sights” (Nihon Sankei) which just so happens to be right next to the sea.
On August 6th at one of Japan’s most ancient Shinto shrines tucked away on the northern side of central Kyoto, 60 young men prepare for a sacred struggle.
From the first time I visited Inari, or Fushimi Inari Taisha, in Kyoto I have been mesmerized by its beauty, history and tranquility.
Located near the banks of Lake Biwa, on the road from the ancient capital of Kyoto to the castle town of Hikone lies the region’s own miniature Venice that breathes an atmosphere of the Edo period.
On the edge of the oldest geisha district in Kyoto—Kamishichiken—lies Kitano Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to the god of learning as well as the scholar and politician Sugawara Michizane.
The koto is one of the most popular Japanese musical instruments and today it has come to represent a significant element of Japan’s traditional past.