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TEMPLE

ARTS&CULTURE May 15, 2017

Zen Buddhism v. Pure Land Buddhism

Buddhism has, in 2500 years, taken many different forms. Spread over most of the Asian continent, it changed from a philosophy to a religion as it traveled from India, where it was born in roughly the fifth century, BCE. As it entered Sri Lanka, Tibet, China, Burma, Thailand and other nations over many centuries, it […]

TRAVEL February 6, 2017

Nikko and the Area

In the early 20th century, foreigners such as Albert Einstein, Helen Keller and Frank Lloyd Wright discovered first hand what the Japanese have known for centuries: That you should never say kekkou – a word that means “I am satisfied” – until one has seen Nikko. Though still little-known outside of the country, within Japan […]

TRAVEL August 16, 2016

11 Things to Remember When Visiting a Shrine or Temple

Unless you are going to spend all your time in Japan shopping, eating and drinking – and we could hardly blame you – Japan is one of the great cultures of the world when it comes to religious, or spiritual, expression. Much Japanese art and architecture is devoted to spiritual matters, and the country is […]

ARTS&CULTURE, KYOTO April 26, 2016

Kyoto and the Template of Japanese Architecture

As of 2016, more contemporary Japanese architects have been honored with the Pritzker Architecture Prize than have architects from any other country, save the United States. But for all the sleek, dazzling designs of contemporary masters Shigeru Ban and Toyo Ito, the buildings that resonate most with visitors and Japanese alike are those built during […]