Inukai Mountain Hohonen Temple, Nara – Haiku and Photos

First stop on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage was an unexpected and little known one at the Inukaiyama Hohonen-ji founded by Kūkai in Nara.

In Japan, Swastikas Are Symbols of Good Luck and Health, Not Hatred and Nazis

In Japan the swastika is called the manji (卍). It is an ancient symbol of good luck and well-being. The symbol was on maps in Japan to denote Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples. I remember seeing it on Google maps the first time I visited Japan in November, 2016 and marveled at the impression … Continue reading In Japan, Swastikas Are Symbols of Good Luck and Health, Not Hatred and Nazis