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The rock garden of Ryoanji / Kyoto Travel Spot

Mainichi - May 19, 2010

Kyoto is arguably the most historically rich and interesting city in Japan. In 794, with the establishment of Heian-Kyo ("capital of tranquility and peace"), it became the seat of the imperial palace and continued to perform the venerable function until the Meiji Restoration starting in 1867. During World War II, Kyoto was spared from the American air raids in consideration of its rich cultural tradition. Today, the ancient temples and shrines in the city attract tourists from all over the world. Among the countless places of interest in the ancient capital, Ryoanji temple holds a special significance. (Mainichi)
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(The rock garden of Ryoanji / Image)

Killer whales delight tourists in Hokkaido
AP - May 18, 2010
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Sightseers in northeastern Hokkaido's Shiretoko Peninsula are spotting killer whales at a higher rate than any other time of the year. As many as 40 whales can be spotted during a whale watching cruise. Tourists look for the sea mammals breaching from the surface of the sea against the backdrop of the wilderness of the Shiretoko Peninsula, listed as a World Heritage Site of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. (AP)

Japanese town full of delights, including gardens, art & history
stripes.com - May 16, 2010

(Obuse’s Ganshoin Temple has gardens, history and beautiful views of Obuse.)


(Golden light from the evening sun is cast on the Hokusai Museum in Obuse, Japan, where some
of the works of the famous Japanese painter and block printer Hokusai are displayed.)


(Many private gardens maintained by Obuse homeowners are open to the public. Signs throughout
Obuse, like the one at left, invite visitors to walk onto the properties to view the private gardens.
Right now, 104 homeowners take part in the community project.)


(Hokusai’s famous “Masculine Waves” was painted for the ceiling of a festival float and is
displayed at the Hokusai Museum.)

Visitors to Japan who are looking for an old-style town with traditional houses, stores and streets should head for Obuse in Nagano prefecture. Obuse is a cozy community known for its delicious chestnuts and as the home of Hokusai, the famous painter and printmaker from Japan's Edo period. About 150 miles north of Tokyo, the settlement of 12,000 sits in the northeast of Nagano Basin, nestled on the Chikuma River and surrounded by hills. Enhancing Obuse's charm are its gardens. Walking the narrow streets, visitors will see signs in front of houses here and there that say "Open Garden," welcoming tourists to enter the properties and enjoy viewing the unique greenery and flowers. So far, 104 homeowners with gardens have registered for this project. (stripes.com)

Nara still boasts its ancient lure
Japan Times - May 16, 2010

In a geographical battle for the hearts and minds of Japanese people, Kyoto would win hands down as the wellspring of so much of their culture for which they feel such reverence. But while Kyoto certainly has its magnificent fistfuls of historical treasures, it also happens to be Japan's seventh-biggest city, and a journey from one of its celebrated sites to another often involves a long bus ride through cityscapes of spectacular drabness. (Japan Times)






Power-hungry hordes flock to Ise Grand Shrine
Yomiuri - May 15, 2010

More and more people in recent years are hoping to get a taste of spiritual power at the famed Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture. The sharp increase in the number of visitors to the shrine is attributable to the recent power spot craze, coverage of which has become a mainstay in lifestyle magazines and on Internet sites. A power spot is a place known for its restorative or energizing powers. Last year saw nearly 8 million visitors to the shrine. (Yomiuri)






Monk's enlightenment begins with a marathon walk
NPR - May 11, 2010

Anyone who has run a marathon knows that feats of endurance require mental discipline - a way to fuse mind, body and spirit. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, a monk at a Zen Buddhist temple in Japan has walked a great distance - roughly the equivalent of the Earth's circumference - as a form of physical and spiritual exercise. Last fall, 34-year-old Zen monk Endo Mitsunaga became the 13th monk since World War II to complete the Sennichi Kaihogyo, 1,000 days of walking meditation and prayer over a seven-year period around Mount Hiei. He walked 26 miles a day for periods of either 100 or 200 consecutive days. (NPR)

Tuna auction reopens to tourists
Japan Times - May 11, 2010

The tuna auction at Tokyo's popular Tsukiji fish market reopened Monday to the public with new restrictions following a monthlong ban leveled after tourists obstructed business. Shortly after tourists started entering early in the morning, the new limit of 140 was reached. Several other people were turned away. The lucky ones who got in were orderly and there were no disruptions, Tsukiji official Yoshiaki Takagi said. (Japan Times)

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