Kofukuji – One of the Oldest Temples in Japan

Kofukuji Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and one of the seven largest temples in the southern part of the country. It is located in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The five-story pagoda of the Kofukuji Temple is a symbol of the city …

The biggest statue of Buda – Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple was built in 752 in the first capital of Japan – the city of Nara. The temple houses the largest statue of Buddha in Japan. The temple was built by order of Emperor Shomu, specifically to house the huge statue of Buddha. Todaiji is 18 meters high and has an area of 2,500 …

Work in Japan

Japan is one of the most diverse countries in the world. And although the temples, castles and stunning scenery are amazing to see, it is the constantly bustling Tokyo that is attracting more and more people who are interested in working abroad. If you want to work in Japan and experience Tokyo’s pop culture first …

Gassan Sadatoshi – Master of Swordsmanship

A phenomenal tradition of  800 years: At the skirt of Mt. Aogaki within the east of Nara bowl, there dwells “Yamanobe no Michi,” or an old street interfacing Nara and Miwa. The stone-paved street leads you from Omiwa Hallowed place in Sakurai City to the assistant hallowed place Sai Holy place, and inevitably to a white-walled building “Gassan Japanese Sword Preparing Dojo and Dedication House”. This grave put faces to the Sai Waterway, and Sasa-yuri (lilies on three-toed plants) for “Saikusa no …

Kinkakuji Temple – The Golden Pavilion

Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, was built in 1397 as the residence of retired shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and was converted into a Zen Buddhist temple after his death. Kinkakuji, covered with gold embossed ornaments and surrounded by a beautiful Japanese garden, is a wonderful masterpiece from the Muromachi era (14-16 century). Visiting …

Japanese Dojo

The dojo is the place where the Way is studied (practiced). In modern times, the dojo is usually perceived as a place where martial arts are taught. But the true spiritual concept of a dojo is much more precise. The Sanskrit word bodhimandala is the basis of the Japanese understanding of the dojo. Bodhimandala means …

Geisha culture in Okiya 置屋

Geishas have been one of the most ancient symbols of Japan and its culture since the time when the land of the rising sun was closed to outside influences. They are part of a tradition that is disappearing, but seeks to preserve the most important features of its history. Representing much more than just fun …

Sumo 相撲

Sumo (Japanese 相撲) is a contact sport, a traditional Japanese wrestling involving two wrestlers (rickshaws). In Japan, it is considered a martial art. The tradition of sumo is very ancient and even today it includes many ritual elements of Shinto origin. According to an ancient Japanese legend, the very origin of the Japanese people is …

The Hidden Blade

The Hidden Blade (隠し剣 鬼の爪, Kakushi ken: Oni no tsume, literally “Hidden Blade: Oni’s Claw”) is a 2004 film set in 1860s Japan, directed by Yoji Yamada. The plot revolves around several samurai during a time of change in the ruling and class structures of Japan. The film was written by Yamada with Yoshitaka Asama …

The Twilight Samurai

The most successful Japanese film of the beginning of the new century. Winner of the most prestigious awards in Japan, triumphant at many international festivals, nominated for an Oscar for non-English film. Many films in the samurai genre showing the samurai arts Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu deal with the drama of their code of ethics and …