Fushimi Inari-taisha

life back home

I think this is my last post about my exchange period at Ryukoku University. August 11 was my flight home. This period was a memorable and eventful for me. I learned a lot about myself and the culture of Japan, I got acquainted with a lot of interesting people from different countries and cultures, I…

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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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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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