Visiting Shinto Shrines

One thing I love about Japan is how the country is its ability to mix the traditional and the mordern together almost seamlessly. A perfect example of this mixture is readily apparent in the form of shrines, which can be found all throughout the country. Japan is home to literally thousands of gods and goddesses–generally known as kami (神)–many of which have at least one or two, if not many, shrines dedicated to them. You’ll never find a shortage of shrines in the country.

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Experience the Nostaglia of Hanami

Spring has come and gone, with the cherry and plum blossoms falling and the summer heatwave moving in their place.

This doesn’t seem to stop the nostalgia of looking back at the breathtaking view of the blossoms–thinking back to a time when it was a lot cooler.

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Check out what this nostalgia of hanami is and why people from all over Japan and the world take part in the time-old tradition of Hanami. Continue reading