2016 is here, people, and celebrations are still continuing around the world. There’s the Ball Drop in America, the Sydney Harbour Fireworks in Australia, and come midnight bells were rung at Buddhist temples across Japan. Hatsumode (初詣) is the first shrine visit of the new year, taken by families to pray for good fortune in… Read More Do As The Japanese Do – Hatsumode 初詣
You know that feeling,when you’re doing something or you’re going somewhere and you can’t help but feel like you’re being watched? Imagine that – times a thousand. And one. Sanjusangendo (Hall of 33 Pillars) is a part of the Tendai school of Buddhism, which is itself apart of Mahayana. The Hall itself is dedicated to… Read More Sanjusangendo 三十三間堂
I’m a self-professed history nerd. Instead of playing sports in school I would go to the library and read up on whatever topic we were covering in class at the time. Call it dedication. Or incredible laziness. Either way I’m well-read. The first time I went to the Kyoto National Museum was September 2014 when… Read More Kyoto National Museum
My kids at Douda are talented. Extremely talented. How the city chose an ALT who can draw stick figures at best to teach English at an art school I’ll never know. However, I try to make my stick figures as cute as possible. October is the annual student exhibition – my students put their heart… Read More The Bikouten
We’re at that time of the year – O-Bon (Festival) Week is about to begin! But the celebrations tonight were a more sombre occasion. Peace Day, when the a-bombs fell and destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives. While most people go to Otsu along Lake Biwa to view the fireworks, my friends and I were… Read More 花火 Fireworks in Kameoka
Following on from Nijo’s post, here is the other part of Kyo no Tanabata that people come to see – the lanterns. It was beautiful, though it wasn’t really a lot of fun to go by myself. There were couples having moments around the lanterns or just enjoying each other’s company on the riverbank.