Senkakuji is a small Sōtō Zen Buddhist temple in Minato-ku district in Tokyo not far from Shinagawa station.  It is famous for the graves of the 47 Ronin one of Japan’s most well-known stories and the most famous story of the Samurai code of “Bushido” – courage, loyalty and honor. The story of the 47… Read More Senkakuji


Ema are small wooded plaques that you can buy at many Shinto shrines and write on the back of them your wish, or hope and you leave them hanging at a specific place in the grounds of the Shrine so your wish may come true. The Ema usually has an image on one side that… Read More Ema


Kawagoe (川越市) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.   It is known also as little Edo because it still has some streets and houses preserved from that period.     Kurazukuri Street –  Kurazukuri no machinami is a section of a street lined with traditional warehouses constructed in a style called kurazukuri and maintains… Read More Kawagoe

Nasu no Yoichi

Nasu no Yoichi  (c. 1169 – c. 1232) was a  samurai who fought alongside the Minamoto clan in the Genpei War. He is particularly famous for his actions at the Battle of Yashima in 1184. According to the Heike Monogatari, (The tale of the Heike) based on a historical battle between two top clans in 12th century Japan. The enemy Taira  placed a fan atop the… Read More Nasu no Yoichi