Koya-san: Our Night at a Japanese Mountain Temple

I've been in Japan for over a year and a half now, but visiting Koya-San last summer really left an impression on me.  From being surrounded by enormous, moss covered trees in Japan's largest cemetery, watching the lanterns along the path slowly flickering awake, to attending early morning Buddhist prayers with a burning ceremony that I … Continue reading Koya-san: Our Night at a Japanese Mountain Temple

Shirakawa-go: Snow, Mountains, and an Old School Japanese Village!

This past weekend I took a snowy 6 hour train/bus voyage from Mie, my home prefecture, into Gifu, which is a land-locked, mountainous prefecture north of me. The destination was the village of Ogimachi in Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the uniquely steep and thatched roof structure of its traditional houses! About the Shirakawa Region Ogimachi is a village located in … Continue reading Shirakawa-go: Snow, Mountains, and an Old School Japanese Village!