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One of the most sacred religious sites in Japan, Okunoin 奥の院 on Mt. Koya is the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and pilgrimage destination for visitors from around the world. Even for those not interested in religion, the unspoi…

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Okunoin - The Mausoleum of Kobo Daishion on Mt. Koya

  One of the most sacred religious sites in Japan, Okunoin 奥の院 on Mt. Koya is the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and pilgrimage destination for visitors from around the world. Even for those not interested in religion, the unspoi…

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/shojin-ryori-vegetarian-cooking-elevated-to-an-art-form/Shojin Ryori - Vegetarian Cooking Elevated to an Art Form 
Traditionally, Buddhists do not eat meat or take the lives of other creatures. Kobo Daishi was very strict about this, and the temples in Koya-san adhere to the policy. However, the lack of meat and fish does not mean that the food is boring. Instead, vegetarian cooking has been elevated…

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Shojin Ryori - Vegetarian Cooking Elevated to an Art Form

  Traditionally, Buddhists do not eat meat or take the lives of other creatures. Kobo Daishi was very strict about this, and the temples in Koya-san adhere to the policy. However, the lack of meat and fish does not mean that the food is boring. Instead, vegetarian cooking has been elevated…

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Mount Koya, Koya-san 高野山 in Japanese, is a mountain range south of Osaka in the Ito District of Wakayama Prefecture. The name does not actually belong to a specific mountain, but usually refers to the town of Koya and the valley it rests in. It is the site of a Buddhist monastery establ…

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Koya-san / Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture

  Mount Koya, Koya-san 高野山 in Japanese, is a mountain range south of Osaka in the Ito District of Wakayama Prefecture. The name does not actually belong to a specific mountain, but usually refers to the town of Koya and the valley it rests in. It is the site of a Buddhist monastery establ…

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/jizo-bosatsu-one-beloved-figures-buddhist-lore/Jizo Bosatsu - One of the most beloved figures in Buddhist lore 
One of the most beloved figures in Buddhist lore is Jizo Bosatsu, known as Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva in Sanskrit. This deity reached enlightenment, but decided not to enter Nirvana until the entire realm of Hell was empty. Jizo tries to ease suffering and shorten the time of people in Hell …

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Jizo Bosatsu - One of the most beloved figures in Buddhist lore

  One of the most beloved figures in Buddhist lore is Jizo Bosatsu, known as Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva in Sanskrit. This deity reached enlightenment, but decided not to enter Nirvana until the entire realm of Hell was empty. Jizo tries to ease suffering and shorten the time of people in Hell …

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/book-off-used-books-cds-dvds-games-trading-cards-and-more/Book Off - Used books, CDs, DVDs, games, trading cards, and more 
Stores selling used or second-hand goods are not commonly found in Japan, which led to the establishment of Book Off. Like the name implies, the focus is reselling used books, but they also have sections for CDs, DVDs, games, trading cards, and more. Founded in 1991, the Book Off company…

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Book Off - Used books, CDs, DVDs, games, trading cards, and more

  Stores selling used or second-hand goods are not commonly found in Japan, which led to the establishment of Book Off. Like the name implies, the focus is reselling used books, but they also have sections for CDs, DVDs, games, trading cards, and more. Founded in 1991, the Book Off company…

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/april-2014-whats-new-tokyo-disneyland-disneysea/April 2014: What’s New at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea?
Tokyo Disney fans, here are some updates on what is happening at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea
  Oswald the Lucky Rabbit meet and greet at Tokyo Disneyland (Photo credit: insidethemagic) 
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Debuts at Tokyo DisneySea
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was Walt Disney’s first animated …

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April 2014: What’s New at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea?

Tokyo Disney fans, here are some updates on what is happening at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea Oswald the Lucky Rabbit meet and greet at Tokyo Disneyland (Photo credit: insidethemagic) Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Debuts at Tokyo DisneySea Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was Walt Disney’s first animated …

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/exploring-okayama-day-2/Exploring Okayama - Day 2                
                The bed was so comfortable at the Okayama Koraku Hotel that I didn’t want to get up in the morning. However, I was looking forward to seeing Kurashiki, which my friend had highly recommended, so I eventually arose, took a shower, packed my luggage, and headed for …

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Exploring Okayama - Day 2

                                The bed was so comfortable at the Okayama Koraku Hotel that I didn’t want to get up in the morning. However, I was looking forward to seeing Kurashiki, which my friend had highly recommended, so I eventually arose, took a shower, packed my luggage, and headed for …

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/exploring-okayama-day-1/Exploring Okayama - Day 1 
                Having been to many of the major Japanese cities, it was time to head to Kyushu. I decided to stop on the way in Okayama because one of my friends said that it was a nice place, and I even took his suggestion for a hotel, the Okayama Koraku. I guess I was jaded enough that I did…

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Exploring Okayama - Day 1

                  Having been to many of the major Japanese cities, it was time to head to Kyushu. I decided to stop on the way in Okayama because one of my friends said that it was a nice place, and I even took his suggestion for a hotel, the Okayama Koraku. I guess I was jaded enough that I did…

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/sakura-beauty-photo-journey/Sakura Beauty - A photo journey 
April 2014 – Sakura Beauty – A photo journey, explores the beauty of sakura and humanity in a collection of pictures chosen by JapaneseSearch. We hope you enjoy!
  Night Sakura (photo: Kage Xu/flickr) 
  Kimono Girls and Sakura (photo: FrANk.H ^.^/flickr) 
  This is…

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Sakura Beauty - A photo journey

  April 2014 – Sakura Beauty – A photo journey, explores the beauty of sakura and humanity in a collection of pictures chosen by JapaneseSearch. We hope you enjoy! Night Sakura (photo: Kage Xu/flickr) Kimono Girls and Sakura (photo: FrANk.H ^.^/flickr) This is…

New Post has been published on http://www.japanesesearch.com/okinawa-day-trip-diving-keramas/Okinawa day trip: Diving in Keramas         
            I was really excited about a trip to Okinawa, but I didn’t want to just spend all my time in cities, no matter how interesting Naha city might be. The islands are famous for their beaches and undersea beauty, and I wanted to check it out for myself. However, I was a bit at a…

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Okinawa day trip: Diving in Keramas

                      I was really excited about a trip to Okinawa, but I didn’t want to just spend all my time in cities, no matter how interesting Naha city might be. The islands are famous for their beaches and undersea beauty, and I wanted to check it out for myself. However, I was a bit at a…