One of the most visited neighborhoods in Tokyo, the posh and colorful Ginza reaches it peak on every Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays, when between noon and 5PM the street is closed off to traffic and becomes a pedestrian paradise.
Towards the end of the day, on the warm light of the sunset, without cars and with all the billboards lit, it became a really beautiful cityscape…
If you visit Japan around the end of summer, you may witness the Tōrō nagashi custom, when dozens of colorful paper lanterns are set to float on lakes or rivers. At the first sight, it seems like a cheerful ceremony, however the tradition’s meaning is somehow somber.
During the Obon Buddhist festival, it is considered that the souls of the dead ancestors are returning home. At the end of the Obon celebrations, these souls need to return back, and the floating paper lanterns are guiding them towards their world…
Established 1900 years ago, the Atsuta Jingu in Nagoya is the second most important shrine in Japan, after the Ise Jingu.
Similar to Ise Jingu, which preserves the mirror Yata-no-Kagami, one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan, Atsuta Jingu also preserves a sacred treasure, the sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi.
While in Kyoto, if you’ll visit Mount Kurama, while approaching Kurama-dera you will first see the temple’s Niomon gate, photographed here. This lovely alley, lined by red lanterns, continues beyond the gate, beautifully harmonized with the green forest…
I love amusement parks, but I don’t have the courage to ride a roller coaster and I feel unsure even about some flat rides. However, I love Ferris wheels, especially after sunset. Anyway, while visiting the Cosmo World, in the Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama, I admired from afar the dazzling Super Planet Ride and this spectacular view with the skyscrapers in the background…
Most Shinto shrines are dedicated to one or more deities (kami), but there’s also a special category dedicated to great personalities or to honor the victims of wars. They are called Gokoku and are considered shrines for the protection of the nation.
The somber but beautiful Gokoku Shrine of Hiroshima, photographed here, was originally built in 1869, to honor the members of the Hiroshima clan who lost their life during the Boshin civil war.
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