Japanese Castles

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You might be shocked to hear that castles in Japan aren’t like the ones in Europe.

What? Say it ain’t so! Continue reading

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Nara Fire Festival

Every year in Nara they light thousands of lanterns and burn this into the side of the mountain:

People familiar with Japanese might recognize that Chinese Characters as meaning “large” or “big”. However, in several sects of Buddhism it means “universe”.  It is burned to wish those that died in war peace in the next universe, aka the next life.  Continue reading

The Sand Museum In Tottori

Previously, I posted about Japan’s Desert.

Right next to it stands an incredible museum, a sand museum.  DSC09742

Every year, sand artists from around the globe are invited to use the perfect sand of Tottori to carve out magnificent sculptures based on a chosen theme. This year’s theme was the “USA”.   Continue reading