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Keeping Demons Away in Uwajima, Japan

Keeping Demons Away in Uwajima, Japan

Hallowe’en has become incredibly popular in Japan, but keeping demons away is nothing new.  Every year, Okayama has their festival called Uraja, which is also known as Oni Matsuri (Demon Festival), but in a small city in southern Shikoku called…

Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Sex or any sex-related subjects are almost never discussed in Japan.  I’ve never even heard any Japanese people (in Japan) make a penis joke or any kind of sex joke.  Most of my adult students were utterly horrified when I had…

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Iwakuni – 岩国 – is a small city in Yamaguchi Prefrecture with a beautifully reconstructed countryside bridge and castle.  It’s really off the beaten path, but Iwakuni’s accessible via the Shinkansen.  It was a peaceful escape from reality, and it’s an…

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Japan’s largest graveyard, called Oku no In (奥の院), is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited.  It’s about 50km away from Osaka atop the sacred mountain of Koyasan (高野山), or Mount Koya, in Wakayama.  If you walk, it’ll take…

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