Tag: folklore

Inari’s Embrace: Heritage and Healing Powers of Chanoki Inari Shrine

Renowned nationwide for prosperity in business, gastronomy, attire, accommodation, advancements in performing arts, and notably for its reputed efficacy in curing eye ailments, Chanoki Inari Shrine holds an auspicious origin deeply embedded in Japan’s cultural tapestry. Enshrining Inari Inari, a revered Shinto deity in Japan, embodies the essence of prosperity, fertility, and agricultural…

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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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Legends, Landscapes, and Luscious Peaches: Discovering Okayama’s Timeless Charms

In the heart of Japan, Okayama Prefecture offers a captivating blend of rich history, stunning landscapes, and cultural wonders. During our trip to Matsue, we had a couple of hours free to explore the city of Okayama, known for its deep-rooted connection with the legendary folklore hero, Momotaro. Okayama and Momotaro Okayama’s cultural…

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Shimane Folklore: Prince Okuninushi and the Lakeside Wonders of Matsue

Shimane Prefecture beckons with a captivating blend of nature, culture, and history, creating a tapestry of wonder that transcends time. Among the tales that echo through this picturesque region is the legendary story of Prince Okuninushi, whose compassion towards a humble hare played a pivotal role in shaping his destiny. Unraveling the Legend…

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