Category: Folklore

Cherry Blossoms and Spirits: the Haunting Tale of The Sixteenth Day

As the enchanting season of hanami unfolds, we delve into the captivating world of Japanese culture through the lens of Lafcadio Hearn’s haunting narrative, “The Cherry Tree of the Sixteenth Day.” Koizumi Yakumo, the Japanese name of Lafcadio Hearn, unveils a tale that transcends time, weaving together the delicate beauty of cherry blossoms…

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Visiting King Enma in Tokyo: Guardian of the Afterlife in Buddhist Beliefs

In the vast tapestry of Buddhist beliefs, numerous deities and figures hold unique significance, each contributing to the intricate spiritual landscape. One such prominent figure is King Enma, a revered guardian who presides over the afterlife. Origins of King Enma King Enma, also known as Yama or Yama-no-Kami, has roots that extend deep…

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