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January 27 2013

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January 26 2013

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January 25 2013

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Giant waraji - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Hozomon Gate, Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo

Even if today the traditional Japanese straw sandals - waraji - are still worn only by a few monks, the old custom of donating to the temple a pair of waraji is still kept. Originally, the tradition was about obtaining protection during travel and healthy legs.

From these donations, the most spectacular are the giant waraji that can be seen displayed at some temples, like the ones in my photo, photographed on the Hozomon Gate of the Senso-ji Temple from Asakusa. Donated in 1998, they are 4.5 meters long and are weighting over 400 kilograms!

January 21 2013

Kyoto bengara red-ocher walls - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Ochaya, Gion, Kyoto

Visiting Kyoto, you will notice that some traditional buildings, especially tea-houses from the geisha district, are painted with a beautiful red-ocher color. This very special shade of red is obtained from a pigment extracted from the soil rich in iron oxide from Bengal, India, hence its Japanese name, bengara. The pigment, besides its great aesthetic role, protects the wood, making it resistant to sunlight and heat.

Today, I want to show you this bengara painted tea-house, located very close to the entrance of the Hanami-koji street from Gion, right across the famous Ichiriki Chaya (which is also painted with a shade of begara).

January 20 2013

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Torii, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto

One of the places to enjoy while visiting the most important shrines and temples from Japan is the entrance alley, going from the first gate to the main building. Called sandō (which can be translated as a “road for visiting"), this road is in some cases a commercial venue, in others a relaxing, park-like alley. Sometimes there are more sandō, called according to their relative position: omote-sandō for the main entrance (hence the famous Omotesando from Shibuya) or ura-sandō for the lateral road, like the one in my photo, from the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.

January 18 2013

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Originally shaped Ema at Fushimi Inari Taisha - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Ema, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto
At any Shinto shrine, you will see booths selling wooden votive plaques (ema), with various drawings and shapes, often with unique designs made especially for the shrine. Usually, these plaques have the same shape, almost rectangular, but a very few shrines have special designs: at the Fushimi Inari Taisha from Kyoto, the shrine famous for the thousands of torii, you will find ema shaped like… torii gates. Some of the most beautiful ema I have ever seen, they are used like any other votive plaques and the wishes are written on them, as you can see in today’s photo.
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January 16 2013

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January 15 2013

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Jizo statues, Osaka

In many Japanese Buddhist temples, you will notice rows of dozens or even hundreds of cute stone statues, “dressed” with bibs, various hats and beads… Usually the garments are red, because in the Japanese tradition red is the color used to ward off evil spirits and to cure illness.

At the first glance, it is quite a cheerful view, filled with cuteness. But actually it has a very sad role: the statues are representing Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva), the guardian of children in the Japanese tradition… The Jizo statues are cute, because they are made to resemble the protected children, but the garments are usually offered by grieving parents, as part of the prayers for the lost children… However, there’s also a slightly brighter side: sometimes, the garments are offered by parents as thanks to Jizo for saving their children from a life-threatening illness.

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January 14 2013

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January 13 2013

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January 12 2013

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January 11 2013

Tokyo Sky Tree's giant shadow - via A Japan Photo per Day -

View from Tokyo Sky Tree, Sumida

Tokyo Sky Tree, opened to the public in May last year, with its 634 meters is the tallest tower and the second tallest construction in the world. But why the builders chose to make it 634 meters tall? They wanted a height to be easily remembered and, by using old Japanese numbering, “634″ can be read as mu-sa-shi, the name of the old Musashi Province - which included the tower’s location, the Sumida ward from Tokyo.

While visiting Tokyo Sky Tree, one of the views I enjoyed a lot was from the first observation deck (located at the height of 350 meters) towards the Sumida River. The tower’s giant shadow cast over the city is quite impressive and you can easily identify the first observatory, the second observatory (located at 450 meters) and the 184 meters antenna.

January 10 2013

Eating roasted mochi at Dondo Yaki - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Dondo Yaki, Matsumoto

In Japan, many religious events, especially the Shinto ones, are ending with a popular party, usually with some specific food. This is by no means a trivialization, everything simply becomes friendlier and more enjoyable… That’s a part of Japan’s charm!

That’s what happens at Dondo Yaki 「どんどやき」, a festival which takes place all over Japan during the first half of January. The event is the ceremonial burning of the last year’s good luck charms (like omamori, Daruma Dolls) and decorations (Shimenawa, Shimekazari or Kadomatsu), burning that signifies the desire to go on and cutting with the past.

And after the charms are burned, mochi rice cakes are cooked on the embers of the fire - it is said that eating them will bring you good luck and protection against illness - and they are delicious too…

January 09 2013

Yokozuna Restaurant Shinsekai - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Yokozuna Restaurant, Shinsekai, Osaka

Japan is renowned for its restaurants… there are many fancy and expensive restaurants, but for the regular traveler they are not very important. What is really important is the great number of regular priced restaurants and the fact that this is one of the few countries where you can eat at any restaurant and you don’t have to worry about the food and the cleanness. Plus, you can be sure that you will be served with the utmost care…

The area of restaurants from Shisekai, near the Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka, is a good example of a neighborhood filled with inexpensive restaurants with good food, like the one from my photo, called Yokozuna. Here you can taste a great variety of kushikatsu (katsu is a deep-fried meat cutlet, and kushi means “skewers"). If you don’t want meat, you can also try kushikatsu variants with mushrooms, seafood or vegetables (potato, onion, pumpkin), served as is or with tonkatsu sauce. Delicious!

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