Onsen – Hot Springs (温泉)

Onsen is the name of the hot springs in Japan, and often also the name of the accompanying tourism infrastructure – hotels, inns, restaurants located near the source. In the country full of manifestations of volcanism, there are more than 2000 hot springs used for bathing. Onsen are open when bathing takes place in a…

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Daruma-doll 達磨

こんにちは! Today I want to tell you about an interesting souvenir from Japan. It is the Daruma doll, which personifies Bodhidharma (the founder of Zen Buddhism in China), in Japanese syncretic mythology – a deity that brings happiness. An ancient Japanese legend says that the monk Bodhidharma was born in the capital of the South…

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Tōfuku-ji 東福寺

Hello! Today I want to tell you about my favorite temple in Kyoto. This is a Buddhist temple complex in the southeast of Kyoto. Tōfuku-ji was founded in 1236 by the imperial chancellor Kujō Michiie. He appointed the monk Enni as founding priest, who had studied Rinzai Zen Buddhism in China under the monk Wuzhun…

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