Cat Temple Shozen-in

Standing guard in front of the gate to Shozen-in, a small temple in the mountains of Kumamoto, are a pair of cats rather than the more usual nio or komainu. The reason relates to the story of why the temple was founded in 1625Previously a temple, Fumonji, stood on this spot but was burned down in 1582, and the resident priest, Seiyo Houin, killed. According to the legend he had been falsely

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What pandemic? Onsen towns, hiking trails and theme parks packed with crowds on four-day weekend

Startling photos have everyone concerned about a possible new spike in coronavirus cases. Ever since May, when the Japanese Prime Minister declared a state of emergency and asked people to stay home as much as possible to help contain the coronavirus pandemic, public holidays and long weekends have come and gone with people cancelling trips […]

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Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha: Shijou Saikyou no Maou no Shiso, Tensei shite Shison-tachi no Gakkou e Episode 12 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog

On this episode, Anos frees Eleonore and fights Avos Dilhevia’s forces. Later, Anos finds out about the connection between Avos and Lay.

So it’s nice to finally see the battle confrontation between Anos’ forces and Avos’ forces. Also, I liked Eleonore’s and her daughters’ proper introductions. Other than that, the near ending is interesting. But, I’m curious on why Kanon committed the schemes. Now what’s going to happen next? I can’t wait for the finale. Overall, nice battle confrontation between Anos’ allies and Avos’ forces. …continue reading


Yukino Ohmura Uses Stationery Store Stickers to Create Dazzling Nightscapes

Shinjuku (2019) Ever since discovering the beauty and versatility of stationery store-bought dot stickers in art school, for over 10 years Japanese artist Yukino Ohmura has been using them to create dazzling nightscapes of Tokyo, Osaka and other major Asian cities. We featured her work back in 2014, but decided to catch up with her […]

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Turning one of Japan’s “crappiest properties” into one-meter-sized restaurant hits crowdfund goal

Location, location, location! For years, a restaurant specializing in udon, soba, and curry called Katsura stood on Geijutsukaikan Sreet just outside Koenji Station in Suginami, Tokyo. ▼ A 2013 Street View of Katsura It was unique among restaurants in that its floor space was less than one meter (three feet) wide, but with such a […]

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