Exploring Ibusuki traditional culture in Kagoshima, Japan!

Not sand bath and hot spring (onsen) only. Ibusuki where the Satsuma culture is still alive Ibusuki City (指宿市) is the temperate region at the southern tip of Satsuma Peninsula in Kagoshima Prefecture. The temperature isn’t below 10℃ even in winter.    Before everything, the sand bath of the city is so famous. But that is not all. The city was in the feudal domain of Satsuma (薩摩) until the Edo Period. The domain was really far from Edo (today’s Tokyo), even from Kyoto. However, they traded with foreign countries China and British independently.   The feudal lords and vassals actively had encouraged the local culture and economy. And they played an important role in the Read more about Exploring Ibusuki traditional culture in Kagoshima, Japan![…]

Buddhism temples in Nikko, around Koyasan, Iwami and Hiraizumi

Temples in Nikko, Kii Mountain Range, Iwami Ginzan, and Hiraizumi Certainly, these sightseeing spots would  less attract attention from the tourists comparing to Kyoto or Nara.   But you can enjoy the temples as well as the scenery surrounding them. The leaders in each period built temples in the capitals to protect the city and the nation. On the other hand, high priests and the lord of a manor established the Buddhist buildings as to harmonize with nature.     Japanese people had believed the religion of nature that formed Shinto since the ancient time. So they thought nature had a special power and tried to coexist with the mountains, the seas, and Read more about Buddhism temples in Nikko, around Koyasan, Iwami and Hiraizumi[…]

Japanese culture in Nara Period. The Tenpyo Culture

Nara Period and the ancient capital, Heijo-kyo In 710, the capital in Asuka Period was moved to Nara. It was the end of Asuka Period and the start of the completely different time. The new capital was named as Heijo-kyo(平城京). And the leaders at that time planned to imitate the regime of China. So they made Heijo-kyo resembled Chang’an.       In 630, the Japanese Imperial Court sent an envoy to Tang Dynasty China before the moving to Heijo-kyo. Due to the diverse cultures from China and other countries flew into Japan. At the era of Emperor Shomu(聖武天皇), the influence of other countries caused a new culture, Tenpyo Culture(天平文化).             Read more about Japanese culture in Nara Period. The Tenpyo Culture[…]

Buddhist temples in Kyoto/ World Heritage

  Kyoto, one of the most traditional and historical cities in Japan, attracts more than 80 million people in a year. The city had assumed a role of an  administrative function since 794. With the beginning of Heian Period, many people moved from Nara(Heijo-kyo) to Kyoto(Heian-kyo, 平安京) and from that time, they built temples in the new capital.   Sponsored Links     Click!   Many Buddhism sects and temples had been established and some of them became to have a great influence on people and the leaders. The monks occationally took up arms for protesting the governments when they felt so dissatisfied with the policies.   But the temples in Kyoto as much as Nara faced Read more about Buddhist temples in Kyoto/ World Heritage[…]

Horyuji temple. Nara World Heritage Site.

Asuka Period and it’s culture

What’s Asuka Period?   The term of ancient Asuka Period began in 592 and ended in 710. “Asuka” is the southern area of Nara Prefecture.         In this period, Buddhism was the most essencial things of the culture. With Buddha statue, the religion had  already came to Japan in the middle of 6th. And the two powerful family, Soga clan(蘇我氏) and Mononobe clan(物部氏) fought with each other whether accepting it or not.     Shotoku Taishi       Shotoku Taishi(聖徳太子) and Soga clan supported Buddhism and Mononobe clan was opposed to. In 587, when Shotoku Taishi was therteen years old, he and Soga clan beat Mononobe clan. It directed Read more about Asuka Period and it’s culture[…]

Murouji Temple, five stories

Japanese temples and shrines

    The number of the temples in Japan is about 76,000 and that of the shrines is about 80,000. Coming to Japan, you can see the temples and the shrines everywhere even if you travel Kyoto, Nara, or Kamakura.    Today, few Japanese deeply devot to a specific religion. But Buddhism and Shinto has take rooted in their lifestyle. So they visit the temples and shrines in various events, including new year, wedding and funeral. Of course for sightseeing. And people pray for their good health, bumper crops, or descendants in prosperity.   Japanese traditional architectures, especially the temples, are seen as one of the streams of Chinese. But they are Read more about Japanese temples and shrines[…]