5 Faves: Ema (Prayer Plaques) – Part 3

It's time for another look at the various shrine prayer plaques around Japan. I've found some interesting ones in recent months, and the more you know about the story you tell, the more fascinating that random shrine can become. 1. Hachiman Shrine (Shirakawa-go) - The Hachiman shrine in the UNESCO World Heritage Village of Shirakawa-go has... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Ogimachi

About two weeks ago, I embarked on a planned overnight stop en route from Takayama (in the Japan Alps) to Kanazawa (on the Sea of Japan coast). My destination was the Shirakawa-go region, known for its thatched roof gassho-zukuri (praying hands) houses and a place that has long been on my "to-visit" list. While Takayama's manhole... Continue Reading →

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