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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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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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