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Japanese History

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…

Photo Friday: Japanese WWII Tunnel in Davao, Philippines

Photo Friday: Japanese WWII Tunnel in Davao, Philippines

Although only 300m in length, the Japanese WWII tunnel in Davao is worth a visit. Since it’s small, it won’t take a long time to thoroughly explore, and you won’t be stuck in the high humidity for long. The tunnel…

The Top 5 Things to Do in Naha, Okinawa

The Top 5 Things to Do in Naha, Okinawa

I’ve wanted to go to Okinawa since I first set foot in Japan, but it was half the price to go to nearby Asia countries instead of Naha.  Upon discovery of JetSTAR’s cheap, irresistible airfares, I finally made it last…

Photo Friday – The BEST Part of Kurashiki, My Japanese City

Photo Friday – The BEST Part of Kurashiki, My Japanese City

This is my last Photo Friday coming to you as a resident of Japan, so I decided to feature the BEST part of my Japanese city, Kurashiki, which is called Bikan Chiku – 美観地区 – which loosely translates to the beautiful…

Photo Friday – Okayama’s Amazing Landscape Garden

Photo Friday – Okayama’s Amazing Landscape Garden

With my time as a resident of Japan coming to an end, all the treasures nearby are coming back to me, like Korakuen – Okayama’s amazing landscape garden.  It’s one of Japan’s top three landscape gardens along with Kenrokuen in…

Traditional Japanese Puppetry

Traditional Japanese Puppetry

Traditional Japanese puppetry isn’t as visible as other aspects of Japanese history and culture like music, maiko/geisha, samurai, etc., but it’s there if you’re interested in puppets and theatre. I went to Tokushima (prefecture) for a weekend, and one of…

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