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The Lotus Sutra

The Lotus Sutra I had someone ask me on one of my tour posts about being a practicing Lotus Sutra Buddhist. So I thought I…

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The One-eyed Turtle & Being Grateful

So, I have been associated with Japan, Japanese manners, customs and traditions since 1983. I have been a practicing Lotus Sutra Buddhist for 36 years….

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Spiritual Intuition in Japan

So I find the Japanese Imperial Family’s Belief System intriguing. It is similar to native North American thoughts and beliefs. Everything has a spirit and…

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Japanese Holiday (Setsubun no hi)

So February 3rd in Japan is called Setsubun no hi. It is a day to drive off Demons, the day the Japanese consider the day…

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Inari & Fushimi Inari

There was a legend that a warlord of the area claimed a miracle had happened on Mount Inari and many farmers clammered to the region…

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What was it really like, during Samurai Times….

We all have watched the occasional Samurai drama, or movie that included a Samurai or two or three, haven’t we? Have you ever really wondered…

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Lunch in a Japanese House

One thing I do as a guide, is that I try to make my guests feel like family. I have taken easily over 60,000 people…

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Drinking in Japan

Japan really has some unusual cultural points. For example, going to work in the morning on the train, everyone is as quiet as can be….

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Japanese Pizza

So one of my few pet peeves in Japan concerns pizza. Not to say you can’t get really good pizza at some of these ‘stand…

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Coming of age day

So today the trains will be filled with young people wearing their kimonos and celebrating their 20th year of life. It is coming of age…

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