Sanja Matsuri

Every year on the third Saturday in May in the Asakusa neighborhood of Tokyo, there is a large and slightly wild festival called “Sanja Matsuri” (三社祭, lit “Three Shrine Festival”). The festival honors the founders of Sensō-ji (金龍山浅草寺 Kinryū-zan Sensō-ji) Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. Each neighborhood in the area around the temple adds their own flair to the festival, and the … Continue reading Sanja Matsuri

Yashima Temple

Yashima (屋島, lit. “roof island”) is a flat topped mountain rising from the coastline just outside of Takamatsu City in Shikoku. Nestled on a small lookout atop the mountain is a small temple, Yashima-ji, the 84th of the 88 temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Continuously visited for over 400 years but never the grandest or most … Continue reading Yashima Temple

Relaxing with Spirits and Emperors at Dogo Onsen

Located in Matsuyama, Dogo Onsen (道後温泉) is one of Japan’s oldest onsens dating back over 1000 years. Mentioned in the  Man’yōshū (aka Japan’s oldest poetry book), Dogo has been visited by a host of famous Japanese authors, as well as housing a special bath exclusively for the royal family. Early morning sunlight illuminates the famed castle-like, layered architecture … Continue reading Relaxing with Spirits and Emperors at Dogo Onsen

Tosa Sunday Market

For more than 300 years, the city of Kochi, Japan has held the Tosa Sunday Market (土佐の日曜市). A market of all the things you could wish to find from tiny aquatic plants and salamanders to vintage antiques and fresh local produce in one delightfully fried chicken scented environment. Some of the stalls are set up with … Continue reading Tosa Sunday Market