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Nonomiya Shrine: A Word A Week Challenge – Red

Red is associated with Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism, and in many shrines in Japan, red will be the dominating colour. Nonomiya Shrine is located in Arashiyama, Kyoto and is the place where many imperial princesses during the Heinan period spent a year in order to purify themselves before going to the Ise Shrine. In this…… Continue reading Nonomiya Shrine: A Word A Week Challenge – Red

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Himeji-jo: A Word A Week Challenge – Castle

How I love pretending to be a princess in feudal Japan. Constructed in 1333, Himeji-jo is Japan’s biggest and possibly most recognised castles. I’ve been to Himeji-jo twice and I just find it really beautiful and peaceful. Looking out of the windows near the top of the castle, or jo, it is easy to imagine that I’m a…… Continue reading Himeji-jo: A Word A Week Challenge – Castle