Azuchi Castle – One Of The Most Famous Castles

The castles of Japan are distinguished by their special architecture. In the city of Azuchi, north of Omi Hachiman (Shiga Prefecture), on the shores of Lake Biwa, there is one of the main castles of Oda Nobunaga, a military leader and the most prominent samurai of Japan, who devoted his life to the unification of …

Akai GX-635D

Launched a year before Akai’s last open-reel development (the GX-625, 1979), the GX-635 and GX-635D were the base for the few later high-end open-reel recorders. The GX-636, GX-646 and GX-747 all drew on the same design, the same GX heads, the same SCM-200 and XO-24TD motors and the same features. And all were very successful …

Yamadera – The Sky Temple

Lurking on the side of a mountain, the Yamadera temple complex seems to embody the very typical Japan for which tourists travel around it, and which the Japanese themselves value very much. This temple is located near the city of Yamagata. It was founded in the middle of the 9th century by the Tendai sect …

The Largest Crab – Japanese Spider Crab

Our terrestrial fauna is inhabited by many amazing creatures. Sometimes it seems that nature has decided to divide the animals and make several species into one. A clear confirmation of this is the Japanese spider crab. What is this creature, you ask? Where does it belong? Crustaceans or arthropods? It turns out that the Japanese …

Okunoin Temple – The Cemetery of Thousands

Okunoin is in the eastern part of Koya, surrounded by forest. About a mile and a half long and the site of over 200,000 graves, this is the largest cemetery in Japan. Starting from the Ichi-no-hashi bridge, stone paths lined with trees and lanterns lead through the tombstones leading you to the mausoleum of Kobo …

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 …

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 …

How important is Seme?

The Japanese word “zumeru” means both “to fill a gap” and “to shorten the distance.” In kendo, distance can be viewed in both a spatial (“maai”) and a temporal dimension (“ma”). Today we will talk about how to overcome these two types of distance, pressing the opponent. When we shorten the distance, it is important …

Zanshin – the spirit that remains

Zanshin is a term used in Japanese martial arts. It translates as “remaining mind / spirit”. In addition, “Shin” also means the heart (the place where the senses and the spirit are concentrated). In a narrow sense, zanshin means the position of attention in which we remain after we have performed the last of our …

The best views of Fuji mountain

Hakone Hakone is a popular resort town in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is home to the most visited national park in Japan, Fuji-Hakone-Izu. From here, visitors can take clear views of Mount Fuji or landscape photos of the mountain peeking over forests, lakes and colorful hills. In the heart of the park is Lake Ashi – …