Kyoto

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Of all the vacations you’ll ever take, your honeymoon is probably the most anticipated and ambitious. Whether in a luxurious
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And it fits in with its surroundings to a "tea."
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Photo Gail Nakada. San Nen Zaka at twilight. Many shops here stay open a little later than those by Kiyomizu Temple. Photo
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Praying and buying charms at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines famous for lucky attributes are Japanese rites of passage at every stage of life. Given our passion for pretty, why should beauty be any exception? For centuries, women (and men) have sought a spiritual cosmetic boost from two famous Kyoto shrines: Kawai Jinja and Utsukushi Gozensha.
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4. Do not point. But wait, there's more! For the full list, click HERE. 5. Do not freak out in public. Things go wrong - they
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The streets, temples and shrines of magnificent Kyoto are once again full of kimono-clad beauties and dashing men in traditional wear and it's all thanks to tourists.
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Aioi-Sha is dedicated to the Shinto God of Good Marriage and Engagement. The shrine's sacred symbol is an entwined holly
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History and beauty are not the only reasons Japanese choose which of the hundreds of temples and shrines to put on their Kyoto to-do lists. For centuries (and longer) certain shrines have made a reputation for themselves as especially lucky in love.
Impact
Is anyone else fed up with how "the news" is dominated by stories that provoke fear, panic and paranoia?
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Rocks have long been venerated in China, Korea, and Japan. A rock might stand out because of its beauty, unusual shape, or resemblance to a mountain. In Japan, distinctive rocks were believed to be inhabited by kami, spiritual forces/beings inherent in nature.
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"We mustn't act as if it's all right to cast the LGBT community aside because they're a minority group," says priest at Japan's Shunkoin temple.
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Travel sometimes provides me with an opportunity to explore a subject I might otherwise never think about -- exposing me to tiny nuggets that accumulate to create a bridge across a cultural divide. When I write, "you have to see it to understand" I mean both the movie and the museum.
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Standard Fushimi Inari by Cesar Sebouhian on 500px The Red Tunnel by Jacek Sniecikowski on 500px When January rolls around
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Although I have been to many of the World Heritage Sites myself, to learn the details on absolutely all of them I turned to the book Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature by John Dougill.
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“I am not specializing the gay wedding here,” the priest told HuffPost via email. “I am just accepting every couple who would
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Kakehi had reportedly married three times and had relationships with three other men over the past two decades. All had died
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As the hours passed, I started chatting with some of the other people waiting for our flight. One was a woman who was also