1200 Happy Stone Statues Surround Otagi Nenbutsu ji Temple

Whimsical, fairytale-ish, and a spiritual environment that looks like it gave inspiration to the stone trolls in the Frozen animation movie, the Otagi Nenbutsu ji Temple is one of the most underrated places in Kyoto and is unlike the usually serious and solemn Buddhist temples in Japan or anywhere else for that matter. Instead, you will be surrounded by thousands of happy and amusing faces … Continue reading 1200 Happy Stone Statues Surround Otagi Nenbutsu ji Temple

The Cherry-Blossom Festival: Japan’s Spring Splendor

‘The cherry blossoms Put the whole world Under the tree’ -Watsujin Spring time in Japan is a season of celebration. The streets and parks would be lined up with a tapestry of pink flowers known as Sakura (cherry-blossoms).  Sakura have immense importance in Japan’s tradition. It symbolizes the evanescence of human life-their birth, death and rebirth. The flower is also a symbol for honor and … Continue reading The Cherry-Blossom Festival: Japan’s Spring Splendor

Shinjuku Gyoen: A National Garden of Rich Folliage & A War Past

With a never-ending line of trees, flowers that blossom in all colors and sizes, and a dense green that spreads underneath the vast blue sky, Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the best natural attractions in Tokyo holding the district’s charm and remains as witness to the wars of the past. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and for good … Continue reading Shinjuku Gyoen: A National Garden of Rich Folliage & A War Past