A 14-Centuries-Old Culture of Diet and Faith: Savor Shojin Dishes in Silent Saikan

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“Beautiful.” This is the single word that springs to mind when you see the beautiful dishes carried to the dining room. These shojin dishes, which you are about to enjoy in the dead silence of shin’iki (divine territory), are one of the symbols of the 14-centuries-old strolling monk training culture. They are here to tell the eternal stories of those monks who have long inhabited this place. The following is a brief description of the traditional shojin dishes served in Saikan at the summit of Mt. Haguro.

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Healing Trip to Enjoy Tokachigawa Onsen, a Moor Hot Spring Nurtured since Ancient Times

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Forget the worries of daily life and take time to refresh yourself…that’s one way to enjoy a trip. Hokkaido is one of the favorite destinations of domestic tourists. Although it has many attractions for travelers including superb landscapes and specialty dishes featuring local ingredients, you should never forget the hot springs, which are places for physical and mental refreshment. Here is an introduction to Tokachigawa Onsen, a moor hot spring kept going since ancient times in the Tokachi area of Hokkaido.

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Walk around Chuson-ji Temple and Feel the Magnificence of Hiraizumi, Listed as a World Heritage

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Chuson-ji Temple in Hiraizumi. Walking through the main approach lined with cedar trees to the Main Hall (Hondo), you will reach Chuson-ji Temple. Here is one of the best tourist spots in the Tohoku region where you can enjoy beautiful scenery as well as historical architecture, and feel the eternal history. Don’t leave here without visiting Chuson-ji Temple, one of the components of the Cultural Heritage of Hiraizumi, designated in 2011.

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Experience the Nature and History of the Nishiawa Area at the Thrilling Kazura Bridges

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This is a bridge that is sure to scare you. A squeaking sound follows each of your footsteps, making you feel weak at the knees and sweat with fear. This thrilling experience awaits you at kazura bridges in Nishiawa, Tokushima Prefecture. Woven with kazura, or vine species, the bridge arouses your curiosity not only with its dramatic appearance, but also because of its close ties with local history.

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A Seasonal Tradition on Summer Nights: Hiburi Fishing in Maze

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During the short period from late August to early September, a traditional fish-catching method is practiced on the Maze River, a limpid stream running through the Maze area of Gero City. When darkness falls at the end of a long summer day, fishermen surprise sweetfish, or ayu, with torches, fires and sounds to drive them out of their resting places so they can be caught by nets. This fishing technique is known as hiburi-ryo. After an interruption due to various changes, the hiburi fishing technique, which used to be one of the seasonal traditions in the Maze area, was resuscitated by local residents in 2012.

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