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Setsubun (Bean Tossing) at Sensoji Temple

Literally meaning “seasonal division,” setsubun is held in early February each year to mark the beginning of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. Rituals of chasing away evil spirits have commonly been held throughout Japan for centuries. If the 13th century…

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New Year at Zojoji Temple

Greet 2020 at one of Tokyo’s major temples in a traditional Japanese way. Located near Tokyo Tower, Zojoji was the family temple of one of the most powerful houses in Japanese history — the Tokugawa shogunate during the Edo era….

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Temple University Japan Campus Community Day

To celebrate the opening of its new Setagaya campus, Temple University Japan is throwing open its doors to the community for all to enjoy. Pumpkin carving and tarot reading are on the cards, with an international food hall serving up…

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Acid Mothers Temple

Fans of psychedelic rock music will love Acid Mothers Temple. The band, formed in 1995, regularly play overseas and recently wowed audiences at legendary English music festival Glastonbury. Get your vintage tie-dye togs on and rock out to a group…

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Hozuki Ichi at Sensoji Temple

As the kodoku-nichi (a ritual during which a prayer counts for 100 or 1,000), the Hozuki Ichi is a tradition that takes place every summer since Edo Period. Hozuki means “Japanese lantern” and it is the name of a flower,…

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Todaiji Temple and Monuments of Tenpyo Culture

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2010 The Great Buddha of Todai-ji temple in Nara is one of Japan’s best-known attractions, but who can remember the first thing about it except its size? A new exhibit provides a chance to…

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Nara’s Ancient Temples and Buddhist Statues

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on August 2010 One of the luxuries of living in Tokyo is having the ancient National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of Kyoto and Nara come for frequent visits. A case in point is this show…

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