Writer: naoko

naoko grew up in Germany and the US. She returned to Japan as she was starting high school. Her love for art (although she is far too short in a talent to draw or produce an art piece herself!) has led her to study art history for her bachelor degree, where she discovered the beauty of Buddha sculptures. Although she has visited many temples to "meet-and-greet" the Buddha sculptures throughout the country and in other Asian regions, it is only recent that naoko became an owner of her very own goshuin-cho (temple stamp booklet). While she goes off visiting temples with goshuin-cho now, she also visits various museums, frequently. Throughout the past 20+ years, naoko has spent most of her career in public relations, mainly for the international organizations.

Homotsuden: the Treasure Museum of the Meiji Era

Meiji Shrine may already be on the top of anyone's “must-visit” list when visiting Tokyo. Make sure that your visit is scheduled on the weekend so as not to miss one of the highlights of this 700,00 square meter Shinto shrine located in the middle of Tokyo. Amidst all of that property, there is one part of the shrine that cannot be discarded.

Visit a town reborn after 3.11 – Onagawa

A year-old station in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture may be a new mecca for young architects, who are eager to learn from the work by Shigeru Ban; a winner of Prtizker Architecture Prize in 2014. Onagawa had always been famous for its fisheries and the breathtaking views of the bay and that has not changed. Find out about the transformation of this town...

Nirayama Furnace: Where the Industrial Revolution Gained Heat

There are 19 sites registered as a World Heritage throughout Japan as of May 2016, with some Meiji Industrial Revolution sites recently registered in 2015 including the Nirayama Hansharo reverberatory furnace. Nirayama Hansharo is one of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining registered by UNESCO, together with the sites in Kyushu, Yamaguchi and Iwate.

Gohyaku Rakanji

One of the Important Cultural Assets of Tokyo, Gohyaku-rakan (五百らかん) or the 500 Arhat (Sanskrit), is located at Meguro-ku, Tokyo in the temple of Gohyaku Rakanji. Out of the 305 Buddhist sculptures, you might find a familiar face or two.

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