The Goju-no-to five-storied pagoda is 50 meters high, the second tallest in Japan. It was completely restored in 1426, and is part of Kofuku-ji, a Buddhist temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nara. - - - #gojunoto#pagoda
Nara park is home to 1200 free roaming sika deer, considered sacred in Shinto religion, and protected as national treasures by Japanese law. You can buy deer-crackers in the park to feed them. But when no one offers them crackers, they look for food elsewhere, like in this unattended backpack! 🦌 - - - #nara#deer
The decorations and lanterns of the restaurants and tea houses in Pontocho, contribute to the magical atmosphere of the alley. In this instance three backlit wagasa, Japanese oil-paper umbrellas. - - - #pontocho#alley
Pontocho is an atmospheric alley filled with a wide range of restaurants. Next to the Kamogawa river, and on the border between Gion and the downtown area, it's one of the most popular dining areas in Kyoto. You might even see a geisha on the way to an appointment if you are lucky. - - - #pontocho#street
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Temple of the Golden Pavillion is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. The top stories are covered by gold leaf. The gold is meant to to purify negative thoughts and feelings toward death. All three stories are in different architectural styles; They are shinden, samurai and zen style respectively, from bottom to top. - - - #goldenpavillion#kinkakuji
Inari Okami is also the god of foxes (kitsune), regarded as messengers, which are therefore also featured in Inari shrines. The statue is often depicted as here, holding the key to the rice granary in its mouth. - - - #fushimi#inari
The Fushimi Inari shrine outside Kyoto is dedicated to Inari Okami, the god of rice. There are 1000 orange senbon torii gates along the path up a mountain, also called Inari. The color is meant to block magical powers and evil spirits. - - - #inari#okami
The Japanese tea ceremony, chado, is considered one of the three classical arts of refinement. The matcha tea is mixed with water using a whisk, but every action during the ceremony is performed in a specific way, and as a result it takes a long time to perform the whole process, called temae. - - - #chado#teaceremony
Bunraku, a form of Japanese puppet theatre, performed at Gion Corner in Kyoto. The puppet requires three puppeteers to operate, and they perform in full view of the audience. The art form originates from Osaka in the 1680s. - - - #bunraku#puppet
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Two maiko, in training to become #geisha, performing a traditional nihonbuyo dance. - - - #nihonbuyo
Roof of the #ninomaru Palace, which used to be the seat of the #shogun. Located in Castle, the palace was meant to initimidate any enemies and impress visitors with power and wealth. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
#himeji Castle, called the White Heron Castle, is the largest castle in #japan and has been intact for 400 years. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has previously appeared in the TV-series "Shogun", the "You Only Live Twice" and the movies "Kagemusha" and "Ran".
The Children's Peace Monument in #hiroshima, in memory of Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of children that died as a result of the bombing. After being diagnosed with leukemia from radiation poisoning, she set out to fold 1000 paper cranes, which according to legend will grant the folder a wish. Sadako completed her goal, but died on the morning of the 25th of October 1955, 12 years old. Her wish was to have a world without nuclear weapons. #worldpeace