Category: Traditional Culture

Konsen-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s Third Temple

Today, we’re going to Tokushima Prefecture, more precisely in the city of Itano (city by name only, a town really) to visit Konsen-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s third temple. It’s located just three kilometers from Gokuraku-ji, its predecessor, and to go from one to the other is...

Gokuraku-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s Second Temple

Barely more than a kilometer after leaving Ryozen-ji, pilgrims on the Shikoku Pilgrimage will encounter their first stop, Gokuraku-ji. There’s some excitation arriving there. This time, it’s for real, the pilgrimage is underway, it’s too late to change one’s mind. This is the second temple,...

Karato Fall Matsuri on Teshima

Fall is coming! And with it, the various Fall matsuri, which are numerous in the Setouchi area, probably because they’re harvest matsuri, and we’re still in a quite rural part of Japan. Among them, one of my favorite matsuri. I try to never miss it...

Ritsurin Garden

  If you’ve heard of Takamatsu, you’ve probably have heard of Ritsurin Garden. And if you’ve heard of Ritsurin Garden, you’ve probably seen this view:     However, what you may not know is that the artificial hill where you’re standing enjoying this view is...