5 Faves: Waterfalls (Part 2)

One of the first kanji I learned in Japanese class was waterfall (don't ask me why) and it's served me well these past few months. Sometimes all it takes is a random road sign to steer me off in the direction of another one of Japan's beautiful cascades. If you don't have a car, however,... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Shinto and Shrines

Temple? Shrine? Shrine? Temple? There are few greater perplexing questions for travelers to Japan than how on earth (or in heaven 🙂 ) to refer to the myriad religious structures dotting the landscape. The word Shinto, when translated poetically, means "the way of the gods". It's Japan's native religion, though not an exclusive one. Many Japanese claim... Continue Reading →

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