About half an hour from Fukuoka is Nanzo-in Temple. Nanzo-in Temple is the home of the reclining Buddha. I've been wanting to see it in person for a while and figured since we were in Fukuoka we should take the detour to go visit it. Even though I had looked online about this temple often, I didn't know there was more to it than just the reclining Buddha. I also didn't know it was halfway up a mountain. We had quite a few surprises waiting for us.
Growing up I was envious of the Disney Princesses that could talk to animals and play with wild animals. I did't realize that there was an island about an hour away from Iwakuni that would let me interact with animals. Miyajima Island has wild deer walking around. They walk right up to you and you can pet them. They are so incredibly tame.
Day two of our trip to Kyoto started off wet. The rain was nice while we slept but once we woke up we realized we had to figure out how to get to the car in the rain with all our luggage. We decided to put it off until after breakfast with the hopes that the rain would eventually stop. We found a cool little bakery that was underground at a mall near the hostel. I really enjoyed the pastries that we had.
Back in April, Jeremy, Marcus, Charrleen and I went to the town of Tsuwano in Shimane Prefecture. We had heard about a festival that was going on there that we really wanted to check out. It was a Yabusame festival. Yabusame is a horseback archery tournament and the yabusame course in Tsuwano is the last remaining original one in Japan.
Last week Jeremy and I went to a festival with our new friends Stephanie and Anthony. They were moving into our tower and were just as excited to explore Japan as we were. We didn't know much about this festival as we headed out to it. All we knew was that the highlight of the… Continue reading Starting New Traditions At An Old Japanese Festival: Ikachi Tenjin Festival
I will be the first to admit it. Since I stopped teaching in December, I haven't really dived into exploring Japan as much as I use to. Yes, I haven't exactly been hiding out in my apartment but I have been staying in my comfort zones by only going to the stores I know and the parts of Hiroshima I have been to repeatedly if I left Iwakuni. With my mom coming in the next month or so and hopefully getting a new camera this week I am getting the itch to start exploring again.