When you come to Japan and go to register the city office, or with a number of services, you will notice that the space for the year you were born might say something like Showa [昭和], Heisei [平成]and sometimes even
After Obon, people in Japan work busily until without realizing it, it already the end of the year! While New Year’s or O-shogatsu is a huge celebration, there is one last big event many people celebrate at the end of
Just 10 minutes away from the heart of Osaka City is the quaint little town of Yao. Though it seems like any other small town today, in ancient times it was full of large temples and temple complexes. Among those
There is a saying that in Japan one “lives by Shinto and dies by Buddhism.” It may seems perplexing to outsiders how, or even why the people of Japan practice both Shinto and Buddhism. There are probably many different theories
Like their Shinto counterparts, Buddhist temples are scattered all throughout Japan and are a great sources of Japan cultural and historic heritage. Though Buddhism and Shinto are very different religions, distinguishing shrines and temples can sometimes be a challenge.This is
Shrines obviously make up a large part of the landscape and culture of Japan. Many people, more times than not, say that one of the big attractions of visiting Japan is being able to stop by a centuries old shine.
One of the most iconic festival in Osaka’s Senshu Region are definitely danjiri festivals. The danjiri festival in Kishiwada held in mid-September is very famous, draws as many as 500,000 visitors to Kishiwada. People come from all over to see