Tag Archives: Japan

Eiheiji Temple & Zen Master Dogen

Posted on October 14, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
A large 13th century temple complex located in rural Fukai is considered to be an important pilgrimage site by most Soto Zen practitioners (including Steve Jobs), and this temple is Eiheiji, founded by Master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) in 1244.
I had been interested in Buddhism since I was in my early 20s, but I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan and was tagged with nature, temples, Japan, Japanese architecture, Zen Buddhism, zazen, Eiheiji, Master Dogen


Echizen Washi Village

Posted on October 9, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
The JR Johana Line in Toyama and the poster for the Belles montagnes et mer sightseeing train
 
When foreign visitors think of Japanese railway, the first thing they think of is likely to be the sleek Bullet train/ Shinkansen. As much as I appreciate them, I have a particular soft spot for [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paper art & craft, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Transport, Japan, washi paper, Train journey and was tagged with paper craft, contemporary crafts, Japan, trains, washi paper, Monono-fu gallery, Echizen washi village


Can Shirakawa-go survive from over-tourism?

Posted on October 3, 2018 by Toothpicker

Breathtaking scenery from the bus journey
 
Over-tourism is now a global problem, and it becomes more problematic when a historic and tranquil village is suddenly listed as an Unesco World Heritage Site. While many governments endeavour to get their country's famous sightseeing sites listed in order to generate tourism and income, they are [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, Mass tourism and was tagged with nature, Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, mass tourism, Shirakawa-go


24 hours in Hida Takayama

Posted on September 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

Stunning scenery of the mountains during the train journey to Takayama
 
Even though I am familiar with unpredictable weather, I wasn't fully prepared for the fluctuation of temperatures and weather while traveling around Japan. For the first 10 days of my trip in the Kansai region, I experienced exceptional warm and sunny weather [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, woodblock printing, Folk arts & Mingei and was tagged with traditional crafts, folk arts & craft, Japan, Japanese architecture, woodblock printing, Hida Takayama


Hotel Baison in Mino

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
When I was planning my trip to Mino, I struggled initially to find an accommodation in the town centre. I was quite perplexed by this, and so I started to check on google map. Eventually, I found a hotel called Baison, but apart from the location, I could not find the website [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Contemporary, Japan and was tagged with Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, Mino, Hotel Baison, hotel


Mino – the ancient washi paper town

Posted on September 22, 2018 by Toothpicker

The preserved townscape of Minoshi
 
I think many people who are interested in Japanese paper would have heard of Mino washi paper, especially after it was was designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014. The origin of this paper dates back to the Nara period (710 ~ 784 CE), and is [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, washi paper and was tagged with Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, Mino, washi paper


Mr Shindo's shibori map of Arimatsu

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
One big mistake I made when I was planning my trip was that I underestimated the traveling and transferring time of using the public transport in Japan. Trains are punctual and frequent if you are traveling to major and more populated cities, but it becomes more complicated if you want to go [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Exhibitions, Architecture, Fashion, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, Japan, Textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing and was tagged with Japanese designs, Japanese designers, traditional crafts, Japan, textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing, suzusan, Arimatsu, Nagoya, House of Takeda


Hiroyuki Shindo's Little indigo museum in Miyama

Posted on September 15, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Sometimes it doesn't matter how much planning you do before your trip, things would still go wrong... but miraculously, some kind strangers/ locals would appear out of nowhere to help you out. I am sure many people have had these experiences when they travel, and I think it is probably the most [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary craft, Designers & artists, Japanese art, Textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing and was tagged with museums, Kyoto, Japanese art, Japan, textiles, indigo dyeing, The little indigo museum, Miyama, Hiroyuki Shindo


'Kanko kogai' (tourism pollution) in Kyoto

Posted on September 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
The usually tranquil Philosopher's path was full of tourists with selfie sticks during the cherry blossom period
 
I have been warned and I knew when I struggled to find accommodations three months before my trip, yet I still went to Kyoto during the sakura season. It was not my plan to visit [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Japan, Mass tourism and was tagged with nature, Kyoto, Japan, cherry blossom, mass tourism


Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (last day)

Posted on August 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

Japanese breakfast at Minshuku Momofuku in Koguchi
 
After having a big Japanese breakfast at Minshuku Momofuku, I was ready for my last hike of the pilgrimage trail. Mr Nakazawa warned me about the first stretch of the hike, which requires a steep climb of 800 metres in elevation over 5km. This [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Markets, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with hiking, nature, Japan, Kumano Kodo, fish market


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