Illuminations

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Today we go for a night photo-walk to Fushimi Inari-taisha, the head shrine of the kami Inari, located just a train stop away from the bustling city of Kyoto.

The first time I visited Fushimi Inari Taisha was way back in January of 2016 Since then I have been to the heritage site a couple of times but I never came around to writing about it Fushimi Inari-taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of the Kami Inari, located in Fushimi-ku area of Kyoto The shrine sits at the base of a hill also named Inari, which is about 230 meters above sea level Most of the larger structures are located right at the base, however for the adventurous types, numerous trails lead right up to the summit of the Inari mountain where you can find some very old and interesting shrines

Warrior dolls of Aomori Nebuta Museum

The Nebuta summer festival is a spectacular event held in Aomori Prefecture of Japan, where massive paper lantern floats based on kabuki or mythical stories, flanked by large taiko drums, musicians and dancers parade through the city. For those like me who missed the festival, the floats are kept back at the Museum to enjoy throughout the year.

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is one of the largest Japanese festivals in the Tōhoku region It is held every year at the beginning of August Unfortunately I missed it by a whisker However there is still a ray of hope for people like us if you visit Aomori during a different period of time, you can still enjoy a part of its beauty at the Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum The Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum in Aomori showcases some of the most spectacular Nebuta Floats from Aomori’s annual Nebuta Matsuri The museum is a great place to learn about the world-famous festival and everything Nebuta It walks the visitors through the history of Nebuta and it’s
Kenrokuen Garden

The illuminated Kenrokuen Garden

Today I visit the lovely Kenroku-en garden in Kanazawa. In the dark winter evenings the garden is illuminated and the glowing trees, enveloped in the strings of Yuki-tsuri look ever so enchanting.

This weekend Mani & I head off to the gasshō-zukuri villages of Gokayama On the way we planned to stop at the lovely Kenroku-en garden, located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa The Kenroku-en garden is regarded as one of Japans three most beautiful gardens, along with Kairaku-en in the city of Mito and Koraku-en in the city of Okayama Ride to Kanazawa After two solo trips to Shirahama and Nachi, I was bubbling with confidence I was ready with the train information as we reached Osaka from Nara Mani had taught me well We took the Thunderbird train from Kyoto This route does not run any Shinkansen trains The Thunderbird limited express trains
NaraRurie

Lights of NaraRurie

We go for late night stroll along a path shining with a sea of blue lights. Nararurie referred to as Corridor of Happiness, is held in early spring in Nara. The Park is covered in a beautiful world of azure blue, ushering in happiness into everyone’s lives.

Nara Rurie, a winter illumination festival is celebrated in early spring in Nara The Park is covered in a beautiful world of azure blue, believed to usher happiness into everyone’s lives The deep blue Rurie, has been held sacred as a supreme color by the Japanese people since being introduced via the Silk Road This year Nara Rurie marks its 5th anniversary Once I started to discover Nara, the first thing that impressed me about this city is its amazing historical highlights Nara is an ancient city with thousands of historic treasures It is most noted for the many ancient Japanese Buddhist buildings and artifacts in and around the city, including the Seven Great Temples
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is world’s longest suspension bridge, which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island.

The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, with a length of almost four kilometers, is the world’s longest suspension bridge Opened in 1998, it spans the Akashi Strait (Akashi Kaikyo) between Kobe and Awaji Island and is part of the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway Prior to the bridge’s construction, the strait was considered one of the world’s most dangerous waterways For instance, in 1955 a severe storm caused two ferries to sink resulting in the deaths of 168 people How to get to Akashi Kaikyo If you are coming from Osaka, you have to get down at the Maiko Station, on the Sanyo Line Shinkansen trains don’t stop here, you have to use a local train

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