Category: Rest of Japan

Sento-kun, Nara’s Mascot

Sento-kun, Nara’s Mascot

    Maybe you know Sento-kun, maybe you don’t. He is Nara‘s official mascot and has been since 2010 as part of the celebrations for the city’s 1,300 anniversary. This mascot is a bit controversial. Usually, Japanese mascots are all about cuteness, and that’s the...

This week-end…

  Finally the week-end is here (yes, my week-ends are Sunday and Monday), and I have very special plans. No, believe it or not, these plans do not include the Setouchi Triennale (that was the last two week-ends and most likely the next two ones)....

First glimpse of Inujima

    Yesterday, I visited Inujima for the first time. I’ll tell you all about it soon (right now, I’m spending my few days of vacations as much as possible away from my computer, but that won’t last). Today, I’m going back to Shamijima to...

Ema at Kibitsuhiko-jinja

Ema at Kibitsuhiko-jinja

    Ema at Kibitsuhiko-jinja in Okayama.   I don’t need to explain why they are peach-shaped, do I?    

Heijō Palace

Heijō Palace

    The Heijō Palace in Nara is 1,300 years old… … unless it’s only three years old. It depends on how you see the whole thing. Here are more details about Heijō-kyō, if you don’t know what this is about.    

In Hōryū-ji

In Hōryū-ji

    Unless I’m wrong, those houses, right next to Hōryū-ji in Nara are where the priests live. But I could be wrong.    

Kōfuku-ji

Kōfuku-ji

  I went to Kōfuku-ji in Nara, briefly during the Spring of 2010, and I can’t wait to return there. In the meantime three pictures of the place :   The Gojū-no-tō, Kōfuku-ji’s five-story pagoda is 50 meters high, and probably one of the highest pagodas in...