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Okuno-in: Kōyasan’s Pathway Through Time

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A line of Buddhist monks walk the stone path of Okuno-in. In the footsteps of Kobo Daishi. Deep in the mountains of Wakayama prefecture, shrouded by a rolling sea of dark-hued cedar, lies a...

The Jizo Statue: Japan’s most helpful Buddhist icon

As you journey across the Japanese countryside, riding the rails or walking the forest paths, there are a few things you’re likely to see time and again. One is the iconic torii, a red-painted wood or stone gate which marks the entrance...