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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Modern Kyoto

Now Kyoto is a bustling modern city with a huge number of modern buildings. But at the same time it retained its historical and cultural value. Kyoto is dedicated to preserving Japan’s oldest traditions, yet it is also a dynamic, contemporary city. For me, one of the symbols of modern Kyoto is the Kyoto Tower…

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Price level

こんにちは!!! Today I want to discuss about prices in Japan. Before I came to Japan, I heard that food and transport prices in Japan are very high. On some products, prices are indeed higher, but mostly they are the same as in Finland or even less. 1 JPY is 0,0076 EUR. Let’s start! At first,…

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About old Kyoto

My hostuniversity named Ryukoku is located in Kyoto, which is the capital of japanese traditional culture. Kyoto is home to roughly one quarter of Japan’s national treasures, countless shrines and temples, and seventeen sites recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Also, some of Japan’s oldest traditions, such as the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and…

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