Tagged with jizo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is on the theme of ‘Serenity‘, and the topic instantly made me think of a photo I took whilst I was in Tokyo last year at Zojoji temple. This little Jizo dude is just so serene, and not at all phased by the chaos of Tokyo all around him.

Japan 2014: A Night in Nagano

Japan 2014: A Night in Nagano

On 14th May I spent one night in Nagano with the tour group I was travelling with for work. I’d been to Nagano before and visited its famous temple Zenkoji (善光) in March 2011, but I was still excited to go back. We stayed right by Zenkoji in a shukubo (temple lodging) called Zenkoji Tokugyobou. … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Sometimes I like to take part in the WordPress weekly photo challenges, especially when I feel particularly inspired by a theme. The theme this week is ‘kiss‘, chosen of course for Valentine’s Day. I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day, but this theme instantly brought to mind an amusing photo I took with my … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: Z is for…

A-Z of Japan: Z is for…

Here it is – the final installment in my A-Z of Japan! So, what could Z be for? The obvious choice would be zen, but I don’t know enough about it to write a “quick guide to zen”. I also considered writing about the 2003 movie Zatoichi, but I have to confess I didn’t really … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: J is for…

It’s time for the next instalment of my A-Z of Japan, and today I’m looking at J. Of course, J could be for the martial art judo (柔道). Or perhaps the Japanese word for shrine – jinja (神社). But I’ve decided to write about something which I have a particular soft-spot for… J is for… … Continue reading

Hase-dera

Moving on from The Great Buddha of Kamakura, I walked to Hase-dera, which is nearby. Hase-dera is a temple which I heard was famous for its Jizo statues, and a “massive wooden statue of Kannon“. I could never have imagined what I found there… Hase-dera was so much bigger than I expected and had so … Continue reading

Visit Nikko!

282 photos in one day is not excessive, is it? (That’s with all the really bad ones deleted, of course.) I’ll admit it, I went to Nikko on 18th April really just to take one photo: The famous “Three Wise Monkeys” (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil). But I knew I would find … Continue reading

Nagano adventure pt. 1/3: Zenkoji

What better way to celebrate a three-year friendship and a three-year “Japanniversary” than with an adventure in Nagano? This post is part one of three, and it’s about Zenkoji. My friend Kazue and I arrived in Nagano around midday on Sunday 20th March. Having already eaten “hayaben” (an early lunch) on the train: We made … Continue reading