A traveler's guide to Japanese tea ceremonies

A traveler’s guide to Japanese tea ceremonies

Japan might be one of the most modern and developed countries on the planet, but that doesn't mean that the old ways and traditions have been completely erased from Japanese culture. Many Japanese cherish their cultural heritage, and some of the are sticklers for traditions. The tea ceremony is one of the best examples of surviving cultural practices that are still very much in vogue today, and not only among the elderly, as some might think! The tea ceremony, also known as the Way of Tea, i... [ read more ]

5 Most Sacred Shinto Shrines in Japan

5 Most Sacred Shinto Shrines in Japan

Shintoism in Japan is known as the religion of the gods, thus the shrines and temples built in this faith are dedicated to them. Each sacred place holds a connection with a particular god or a really popular human (poet, warrior, ruler) and people go to these places to pray either for luck, health, love, better harvest or for the souls of those who passed away. Many sacred sites have also a strong connection with a particular emperor or lord of the surrounding land too. The 5 most sacred Shinto ... [ read more ]