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Scary Statue

Hi blog. Sorry things have been too quiet for too long at Wild in Japan.  I’ll save you the excuses and get on with this quick post. Unfortunately, between me starting this post and now that series of large earthquakes … Continue reading

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Kotesashi Roadside

  May 11th, 1333 Supporters of the imperial family, led by Nitta Yoshisada, crossed the Iruma River on their advance toward Kamakura.  They were engaged by the forces of the Hojo Regents around the village of Kotesashi. The ensuring battle … Continue reading

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A Peek into Hell and Big Buddhas

Hi blog. Just a few pictures from Nogogiriyama, where we visited during our (rushed) trip to Chiba during Golden Week. The crowds, steepness of the stairs (for some, not me) and emergency calls of nature (again, not me!) prevented us … Continue reading

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A Day in Kamakura

“And there is a Japanese idol at Kamakura” Rudyard Kipling   Kamakura, after some half-dozen visits, still remains my favourite travel destination in Japan.  If fate had swung differently, and I hadn’t put down roots in Saitama, I probably would … Continue reading

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If I said you had a nice Bodhisattva, would you hold it against me?

A fairly common sight along back-roads in my immediate area is Buddhist statues, mostly the various forms of Kannon and Jizo. Jizo (地蔵), or Jizo Bosatsu (地蔵菩薩) is mostly known as a guardian of children and of travellers.  Kannon (観音) … Continue reading

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