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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kibune Restaurants & Ryokan

貴船

Kibune, just a bit north of Kyoto city, is one of Kyoto's most popular summer destinations for a number of reasons. It's cool and green, and home to a number of amazing traditional inns that have over-the-river dining platforms.

Kibune Restaurants & Ryokan


But Kibune has changed over the years with the opening of some new Western-style establishments. All three establishments Kibune Gallery, Kibune Kurabu and Sagenta are owned by one of the village's oldest families. The first place you come to is Kibune Gallery (on the left side, near the start of the village): a café and art gallery that has a fine selection of excellent ceramics, and other attractive handicraft creations. If you are looking for something original and handmade to take home, then this place is well worth visiting.

Up the road, on the same side as the gallery, is the glass-fronted, all-wooden table and chair refreshment oasis of Kibune Club (貴船倶楽部 www.ugenta.co.jp/kifuneclub.html), where you can relax over traditional Japanese desserts, Western treats, coffee, tea, wine or beer. Open daily, 11:00-18:00.

Finally at the end of the village, on the other side of the street, is the exquisite and relaxing world of Ugenta 右源太 and Sagenta 左源太.

Kibune Restaurants & Ryokan, Kyoto.


Ugenta is an upmarket ryokan with only two rooms, one in traditional Japanese style, the other more modern and Western in feel.

Sagenta is a Japanese restaurant serving nagashi somen in summer, a local delicacy where noodles are transported to your table in a bamboo pipe of cold water. Built close to the rushing waters of the Kibune River, other recommended menu items include ayu sweetfish from the river and delicious seasonal vegetables.

To get to Kibune, either take a taxi (about ¥3,500 from downtown Kyoto; a real luxurious deal for two or three people) or take the Kurama line Eizan train from Demachiyanagi to Kibune (25 minutes) and walk up the river into the village (about 30 minutes).

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Japan News This Week 25 June 2017

今週の日本

Japan News.
Japan Says Deadly Ship Collision Happened Earlier Than Reported
New York Times

Ireland score seven tries in thumping 50-22 win over Japan
BBC

Kake scandal continues to plague Abe administration with discovery of new doc
The Mainichi

Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market to finally move home, says governor
Guardian

End Game for Japan’s Construction State - The Linear (Maglev) Shinkansen and Abenomics
Japan Focus

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Statistics

2017 World Press Freedom Index (#1 is the most free press)

1) Norway
2) Sweden
3) Finland
4) Denmark
5 Netherlands
6) Costa Rica
7) Switzerland
8) Jamaica
9) Belgium
10) Iceland

40) United Kingdom

43) USA

63) South Korea

72) Japan

Sources: Reporters Without Borders

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Minshuku Urashima Muroto Kochi

Minshuku Urashima is a traditional minshuku located on the coast in Muroto City on the Muroto Peninsula.

Minshuku Urashima Muroto Kochi.


Minshuku Urashima is very popular with those walking the Shikoku Pilgrimage as it is situated at the base of the mountain on which temple 26, Kongochoji is located and just a few kilometers north of temple 25 Shinsoji.

Minshuku Urashima is also conveniently located for anyone wanting to explore the UNESCO registered Global Geo Park of Cape Muroto.

They have 8 rooms in traditional tatami style, with shared bathrooms and toilets. Meals are served in the ground floor cafe which is open all day. The food includes lots of very fresh seafood.

Minshuku Urashima Muroto Kochi.


When I stayed there, the skipjack season had begun so as well as skipjack sashima I was served a massive skipjack steak. The owners are very friendly and helpful. They even ferried my heavy backpack up the coast to my next hotel so I could walk the day with no luggage.

Prices are very reasonable. I paid 6,000 yen for a single room with two meals.

Minshuku Urashima
Ko 1901-4, Moto
Muroto-shi
Kochi 781-7107
Tel: 0887 23 1105

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Wharf Cafe Nieche

小さな宿 Nieche

Wharf Cafe Nieche just a couple of minutes from Taiji Station is a friendly and economical guest house in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture.

Wharf Cafe Nieche Taiji

The rooms are fairly basic, but comfortable tatami and futon squares and there is very little noise at night, guaranteeing a peaceful sleep.
Bathrooms are communal.

The breakfasts were wonderful, served either western or Japanese style. There's Wifi and the young-at-heart owner will run you down to nearby Shippo restaurant if you have no other arrangements for dinner.

Wharf Cafe Nieche Taiji.

Nieche has a few, fairly old bicycles that are free to take around town. The nearest convenience store is a 20-25 minute hike away from the center of Taiji.

Wharf Cafe Nieche Taiji

Wharf Cafe Nieche is definitely recommended if you are looking for budget accommodation in the Japanese countryside with a relaxed atmosphere and a wonderful start to your day with fresh local produce for breakfast.

You can book online through the link below but telephoning might be easier even if you don't speak Japanese.

Shippo Restaurant, Taiji.

Wharf Cafe Nieche
Ichiya, 43-1
Nachikatsuura-cho
Higashimuro-gun
Wakayama 649-5141
Tel: 0735 57 0470

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Kurotani Washi

黒谷和紙

Kurotani is well-known for its wagami ('rice' paper) production. Appreciation for this lifetime-absorbing craft has led to the paper art of Kurotani being designated an Important Cultural Property of Kyoto.

Kurotani Washi.


The history of Kurotani village traces back eight centuries to a warrior of the Taira Clan who, having failed at battle, saw it as his duty to leave an art form for following generations. A communal determination to stay with the traditional techniques employed from the start have led to paper of consistent quality, and to world-wide fame.

Wagami, or washi, is made from the Paper Mulberry tree of the Mulberry Bush family, characterized by its durable, fibrous quality. The delicate beauty of each sheet is apparent, and kept in good condition this kind of paper lasts literally a millenium or more - a stunning technical achievement for the craftspeople of the Heian era.

In the centre of Kurotani the Wagami Exhibition Hall provides paper information (mainly in Japanese). It also offers also a tour of neighborhood homes and workshops, where the paper making process can be viewed. Visitors have the opportunity to produce paper themselves and to purchase products made from washi such as wallets, name card holders, greetings cards, notebooks and zabuton cushions.

Kurotani Washi Kaikan
3 Higashidani, Kurotani-cho
Ayabe City
Kyoto 623-0108
Tel: 0773 44 0213
Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm closed weekends and national holidays.

Take the JR Sanin Main Line from Kyoto Station to Ayabe Station (70 minutes by limited express) and exit the station from the south exit. The  Kurotani Washi Kaikan is two minute’s walk from the Kurotani Wash Kaikan Mae stop on the Aya Bus Kurotani Line.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mimurotoji Temple Uji

三室戸寺

In the wide garden of Mimurotoji Temple in Uji there are 30 different kinds of hydrangea some of which seem to have the shape of a heart. June and early July is the perfect time to see these beautiful flowers in bloom.

Known also as the "flower temple," Mimurotoji Temple also draws visitors to its cherry blossoms in spring, azaleas in May and lotus flowers in July and August.

Mimurotoji Temple, Uji, Kyoto.

Mimurotoji Temple's buildings include a three story, vermilion pagoda and the Main Hall, built in the early 19th century and containing an image of a thousand-armed Kannon.

To get to Mimurotoji Temple from Kyoto, take the Keihan Line from Sanjo Keihan Station or Demachiyanagi (change at Chushojima) or the JR Nara Line to Uji.

Mimurotoji Temple Uji, Kyoto.


From Uji Station and Keihan Uji Station the number #43 bus runs hourly to the temple. The nearest station is Keihan Mimuroto Station from where the temple is a 15 minute walk.

Mimuroto Temple
Shigatani, 21,Todo
Uji, Kyoto Prefecture 611-0013
Tel: (0774) 21 2067
Admission: 500 yen
Hours: 9am-4.30pm (closed December 29-31)

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Japanese News This Week 18 June 2017

今週の日本

Japan News.
Japan Arrests Longest-Sought Fugitive After Nearly 46 Years
New York Times

'Conspiracy' law enacted to punish planning of crimes
The Mainichi

Japan to launch self-navigating cargo ships 'by 2025'
BBC

Japan accused of eroding press freedom by UN special rapporteur
Guardian

End Game for Japan’s Construction State - The Linear (Maglev) Shinkansen and Abenomics
Japan Focus

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Statistics

June 20 is World Refugee Day. There are an estimated 65 million refugees worldwide.

Canada, with a population roughly 1/4 of Japan's,  has accepted 40,000 Syrians alone since the fall of November 2015.

Japan however continues to be extremely unwelcoming to refugees.

In 2016, a record 10,901 would be refugees applied for asylum last year in Japan. That was an increase of 3,315 on the previous year. Of the applicants, 28 were accepted. 

Sources: Asahi Shinbun, June 14, page 13

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Japan-China Friendship Garden Gifu

日中友好庭園

The Japan-China Friendship Garden, near the south bank of the Nagara River, just north of Gifu Park (Gifu Koen) in Gifu, was built in 1999 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the friendship partnership between Gifu and Hangzhou.

Japan-China Friendship Garden, Gifu.


The Japan-China Friendship Garden is laid out in classic, Chinese style with a keyhole gate, ornamental ponds, bridges and pavilions.

The central pond is meant to resemble the famous West Lake in Hangzhou, which so inspired ancient Chinese poets.

Japan-China Friendship Garden Gifu.


Japan-China Friendship Garden
390-1 Mitarashi
Gifu 500-8002

The park is free to enter and is a short walk across the road from Gifu Koen. Buses to Gifu Koen leave from bays 12 and 13 at JR Gifu Station and also from outside Meitetsu Gifu Station.

Japan-China Friendship Garden Gifu.


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Japanese Language: Saying sorry over and over

Remember your first impression of the Japanese, packed in tourist buses and racing through Europe in a cloud of 'Sorry, sorry, so sorry!'?

Now that you've come to Japan, you can observe first-hand the national pastime of making constant apologies for no reason at all. You might find it strange to apologize in situations where fault is not an issue.

Japanese Language: Saying sorry over and over。


Smooth interaction in Japan, however, requires constant affirmation of indebtedness and appreciation of kindness or favors. In this society 'Thanks' is sometimes more conveniently expressed as 'I'm sorry for having troubled you', but the meaning is the same.

Sumimasen ('I'm sorry') is used in every situation imaginable, even in every day greetings and interactions, where it can mean 'Excuse me', 'Thank you', or 'Here you are'. You can use it to get a shop clerk's attention, when passing in front of someone, or when giving thanks for a favor, in which case you would use the past tense, Sumimasen deshita. Another form of apology is gomen nasai.

More informal than Sumimasen, it is used less in business situations and more among friends, when it's sometimes shortened to just Gomen.

When you really have something to be sorry for, then you can use Moshiwake arimasen (or the past tense, Moshiwake arimasen deshita). It means 'There's no excuse for what I did!'

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Japanese Language Of Words and Women

Much has been written in praise of the Kyoto woman: her beauty, her grace, her charming and distinctive speech. Indeed, throughout Japan the Kyoto woman's way of speaking has long been considered the embodiment of femininity.

Japanese Language Of Words and Women.


Today, however, the young Kyoto woman speaks in much the same way as her sisters in the rest of Kansai (the name for the Kobe-Osaka-Kyoto region). The alluring tones of genuine Kyoto dialect are now most likely heard from the lips of aged grandmothers, or in the entertainment districts, where geisha and maiko, many of whom are not native Kyoto-ites, have worked hard to acquire them.

Still, some remnants of old Kyoto speech, used by both men and women, linger on in daily life. A well-known example is oki-ni (pronounced oh-KEE-nee). Used by old and young alike, it is the Kyoto word for 'thank you'. Another example is the way old people often address others as anta-han, anta being a familiar form of the standard anata (you), while han is probably derived from the formal title san. The effect is polite and familiar at the same time. You may also hear an elderly person refer to O-cha ('honorable' tea) as O-bu.

Though true dialect may be disappearing, the Kyoto accent still softens modern-day speech. This can sometimes cause problems for the Kyoto businessman, who, when he ventures to Tokyo, often finds it hard to strike the accepted masculine tone.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Japan News This Week 11 June 2017

今週の日本

Japan News.
Japan, Short on Babies, Reaches a Worrisome Milestone
New York Times

Okinawa Gov. Onaga announces suit vs. Japan gov't to halt Henoko base
The Mainichi

Studio Ghibli to open 'Totoro' theme park in Japan
BBC

Japan nuclear workers inhale plutonium after bag breaks
Guardian

Constructing the Construction State: Cement and Postwar Japan
Japan Focus

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Statistics

In the past decade, the number of Japanese widows who have filed for divorce from their deceased husbands has risen 1.5 fold. In 2015 there were 2,783 such cases.

You read that correctly.

A woman whose husband has passed away goes to the municipal office and fills out the paper work, applies her hanko (official stamp), and becomes officially divorced from her dead husband.

The main reasons for this are: 1) to cut ties with her mother-in-law or other relatives, 2) to not have to take care of/clean the family grave. 

Sources: Asahi Shinbun, June 5, Evening Edition, page 1

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Friday, June 09, 2017

Takamatsu Pearl Hotel

The Takamatsu Pearl Hotel is a small budget hotel in Takamatsu, right opposite the main JR Takamatsu railway station and a couple of minutes from the ferry ports.

Takamatsu Pearl Hotel.


The Takamatsu Pearl Hotel has both Western and Japanese style tatami rooms, both with ensuite bathroom and toilet. The rooms come in a range of sizes for one to 4 people.

The rooms are not big but come with all the expected facilities, telephone, TV, AC, fridge, kettle etc. Some of the rooms do not have windows.

Takamatsu Pearl Hotel, Takamatsu.


Internet is wired LAN with cables available from the front desk. Unlike most hotels however, prices are per room and not per person, so while already at the low end of hotel price range, for a family just needing a room for the night, it can be quite cheap.

A single room is 4,000 yen, a double 6,000 yen, a twin 7,000 yen, a triple for 9,000 yen, or a room for four people 10,000 yen.

Breakfast is optional for 500 yen. The hotel has a washing machine and dryer, a computer for guests use in the lobby, and lockers to store luggage.

One point worth noting is the late check-in -
not until 5pm.

Takamatsu Pearl Hotel
Nishinomarucho 2-19
Takamatsu-shi
Kagawa 760-0021
Tel: 0878 22 3382

Takamatsu Pearl Hotel, Shikoku.


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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Japanese Garden Stones

藤戸石

Stones are the most important feature of a Japanese garden. If the ground is the "flesh" of a Japanese garden, then the stones are its "bones".

Japanese Garden Stones.


Garden stones fall into three main categories: "named" stones, unimportant "unnamed" stones, and stones which already existed on the site.

The most famous named stone in Japan is called Fujito after the beach in Okayama Prefecture where it was discovered. Fujito was owned by both the warlords Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, two of the most important figures in Japanese history. Wrapped in silk brocade, Fujito was moved from garden to garden to the accompaniment of music. Nowadays, it can be found in the garden of Sampo-in, a sub-temple of the Daigo-ji Temple complex in south east Kyoto.

Do-it-yourself landscape gardening is a dangerous undertaking for an inexperienced person in Japan, as there are many taboos associated with stones. Bad fortune can come from setting upright a rock that was found lying horizontally, or from setting horizontally a stone that was found standing vertically. Setting a stone upside down releases the evil spirit in the stone resulting in a whole heap of problems.

There are five colors of stone, one for each element: red for fire, black for water, blue/green for wood, white for metal, and yellow for earth. The most extreme repercussion for messing up in this category results from making the mistake of planting a tree with red blossoms next to a red stone set in the south of a garden of a person born in a year associated with fire. This is called a combination of four fires and the result will be that the unfortunate person's house will burn down.

To learn more about Japanese gardens, purchase a copy of Japanese Garden Design (by Marc P. Keane, a former Kyoto-based American gardener), or the The Art of Zen Gardens: A Guide to their Creation and Enjoyment (by A. K. Davidson; this excellent how-to book is perfect if you want to create your own Japanese garden).

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Ajiro A Taste of Zen Near Myoshinji

阿じろ

Shojin ryori, the vegetarian cuisine served in the Rinzai, Soto, and Obaku sects of Zen Buddhism, is one of the culinary delights of Kyoto and can be enjoyed at a variety of temples and restaurants in the city. Ajiro, on the west side of Kyoto, near the Myoshinji complex is amazing!

Ajiro A Taste of Zen Near Myoshinji.


Ajiro is located across the street from the south gate of Myoshin-ji, one of the head temples of the Rinzai sect of Zen with some 3,500 sub-temples all over Japan. A huge temple complex in the western area of Kyoto, Myoshin-ji is also famous for its shojin ryori. For decades, Ajiro specialized in catering ceremonies and services at Myoshin-ji, but since rebuilding and opening to the public in the late 1980's, this small restaurant has been putting a new spin on the centuries-old Myoshin-ji tradition of cuisine.

The menu at Ajiro changes every month, says head chef Chiba Mitsuru, in accord with the season and its offerings. Although not trained as a priest, the fresh-faced and soft-spoken Chiba is mindful that shojin ryori is meant to be sustenance for the spirit as well as the body.

The restaurant has only two small rooms on the first floor and two larger ones on the second. The food is served on low lacquered tables and is brought course by course to your room. Ajiro's daizu-dofu, soybean tofu thickened with arrowroot, includes tofu made with lotus root, pistachios, or walnuts. Their daizu-mochi, glutinous rice cakes made with soybeans, wood ear and lily bulb, float in a rich stock, garnished with grated citron.

This distractingly good dish was served with a cup of Omuro no Hana, a tasty local sake with a sweet edge to it. Next was the boxed lunch, pleasing both to the eye and tongue. Among the appetizing array of vegetables was a dish of rape buds, bamboo shoot, yuba (soybean milk skin), and nama-fu (wheat gluten) in a delicate tofu sauce and one of Daitoku-ji natto (preserved soybeans) in a tiny dumpling made of ground lily bulb.

To end the meal diners are served yuto, bowls of hot water which had been flavored with salt and grilled rice balls, then eat the rice balls too. In temples, yuto is often served instead of tea. In the past, when rice was prepared in wood-burning ovens, it was one way to use the scorched rice on the bottom of the pot.

While in the neighborhood, be sure to take a walk around Myoshin-ji, rich in artistic, architectural, and landscaped treasures. One of the oldest sub-temples on the grounds, Taizo-in is known for its rock garden, designed by the great Muromachi Period painter, Kano Motonobu, who superbly managed to pass on his painterly vision in the trees, shrubs, and rocks of the garden.

Catching a Catfish with a Gourd.


The temple also owns of one of the masterpieces of Japanese brush and ink painting, Catching a Catfish with a Gourd. (A copy is displayed at the temple; the original is in the Kyoto National Museum.) If you're lucky, you'll be able to linger and enjoy the garden.

Ajiro
Hanazono
Myoshin-ji Minami Mon-mae
Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8041
Tel: 075 463 0221

Open for lunch from noon to 3pm. Dinner is served from 5pm-9pm daily except Wednesdays, and guests are requested to enter no later than 7pm. Reservations are necessary. Tel: (075) 463 0221. Taizo-in is open daily to the public. The entrance fee is 600 yen.

Open: 9am-4pm. Entry: 500 yen. Access: Take city bus #5 from Kyoto Station to Nanzen-ji Eikando-mae; then walk 15 min. to the east. Tel: 075 761 0007.
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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Japan News This Week 4 June 2017

今週の日本

Japan News.
Why Spend $110 Million on a Basquiat? ‘I Decided to Go for It,’ Japanese Billionaire Explains
New York Times

Special bill on Emperor Akihito's abdication could serve as precedent: Suga
The Mainichi

Japan's growing concern over China's naval might
BBC

Not All South Koreans Satisfied With Japan's Apology To 'Comfort Women'
NPR

North Korea fires missile into Japanese waters
Guardian

Constructing the Construction State: Cement and Postwar Japan
Japan Focus

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Statistics

Beginning with an apology from Prime Minister Shiina Etsusaburo in 1965, Japan has apologized to South Korea more than 20 times over war-related issues, including the issue of the Comfort Women who were conscripted to work in Japanese military brothels.

Sources: Wikipedia

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Unique Buddhist Sculpture Masterworks in Kameoka & Kyoto

Kyoto has more Buddhist statues than any other place in Japan. Some of them are National Treasures and a few are rarely open to public viewing.

Unique Buddhist Sculpture Masterworks in Kameoka & Kyoto。


However, all of them possess a mysterious power that is undeniable. The master sculptors that created them were so skilled that they were able to give each statue a unique spiritual energy. Below are three temples where Buddhist statues are particularly powerful and easy to see. Each of them has a fascinating background and each of them has the power to calm the heart of the viewer.

Anao-ji 穴太寺

Anao-ji Temple's "Reclining Buddha": This temple is the 21st station on the well-known 33-temple Western Japan pilgrimage route. Anao-ji's 85-year-old Buddha, as its name suggests, is reclined under a blanket.

Under the head is a lotus-flower-shaped pillow. The figure is a beautiful shiny black. When you gaze at it you can almost hear the Buddha's breathing.

There is a story about this Buddha that concerns a monk whose beautiful granddaughter was very sick. He searched for a Buddha to cure her and this was the one. Today, many people come here and rub the part of the Buddha where they are sick. Touching the Buddha at this location is completely OK.

Open: 9am-4pm. Entry: 300 yen. Access: Take the JR Sagano Line from Kyoto Station to Kameoka Station in Kameoka to the west of Kyoto; then take a 15-minute bus ride to Anaoguchi bus stop. Tel: 0771 24 0809.

Seigen-ji 清源寺

Seigen-ji Temple's "Juroku Rakan": This quiet temple in Yagi-cho, a little west of Kameoka City, is home to 16 precious wooden figures of Rakan. All of the figures were carved by the monk Myoman in 1806.

Also known as Mokujiki, Myoman ate only nuts, berries, and a kind of buckwheat known as mokujiki. All the figures have round, gently smiling faces, each with a slightly different expression. On the back of 15 of the figures is written Rakan, the date of completion and Myoman's signature.

Only the last one has a different signature because Myoman was told to change his name in a dream. Seeing these figures will surely make you smile too. Note: to visit this temple you must make a reservation in advance.

Open: 9am-4.30pm. Entry: donation. Access: Take the JR Sagano line from Kyoto Station to Yagi Station; from there take a 10-minute taxi ride. Tel: 0771 42 3743.

Zenrin-ji Eikando 永観堂

Zenrin-ji Eikando Temple's "Mikaeri Amida": This 77-cm high wooden Amitabha Buddha figures is believed to have been carved in the early Kamakura Period (1185-1333). There is a famous legend connected with the figure.

A long time ago, the monk Eikan, the founder of this Jodoshu sect temple, was doing walking meditation around the statue. To his great surprise, the Buddha got off his altar and began walking in circles too. Eikan was so amazed that he stopped walking and froze. Then the Buddha turned his face back to Eikan and said: "Eikan Ososhi" (Eikan, you are slow).

Since that time, the figure has always had its head turned over his shoulder. The strong smile on the figure's face is said to lead people to enlightenment.

Open: 9am-4pm. Entry: 500 yen. Access: Take city bus #5 from Kyoto Station to Nanzen-ji Eikando-mae; then walk 15 min. to the east. Tel: 075 761 0007.
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Friday, June 02, 2017

Mitsubishi Estate Artium

三菱地所アルティアム

The Mitsubishi Estate Artium is a small art gallery in Tenjin, Fukuoka. The exhibitions change about once a month and are often accompanied by lectures, talks and film shows.

Mitsubishi Estate Artium, Tenjin, Fukuoka.


Work displayed covers a wide range of styles including painting, sculpture, illustration, design and photography and draws from local, national and international artists.

In May 2017 the exhibition is The Secret of Simplicity, showcasing the work of Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Entry fees vary by exhibition, but a 2,000 annual pass allows entry to all exhibitions for a year.

IMS Building Tenjin Fukuoka.


The gallery is located on the 8th floor of Inter Media Station, a ten-floor shopping mall located across from Tenjin Nishitetsu Station.

Open 10am to 8pm. Closed irregularly whenever IMS is closed.

The Mitsubishi Estate Artium
IMS
8F Tenjin 1-7-11 Fukuoka City
Fukuoka 810-0001
Tel: 092 733 2050

IMS Building Tenjin Fukuoka.


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