Creepy or Cute? The Dolls of Awashima Shrine

Near the border of Wakayama and Osaka Prefecture the famous Awashima Shrine [淡島神社]. Why is it famous? For centuries, people from all over Japan have come to Awashima Shrine to pray for fertility, safe birth— and to donate their old

Negoro-ji Temple: Monks with Muskets

On the border of Osaka and Wakayama is the Izumi mountain chain. In this remote and largely uninhabited area, sits one of Japan’s national treasures. Negoro-ji is the main temple of Shingi-Shingon sect, a branch of Shingon-shu. This temple is