New Year Prayers at Kitano-Tenmangū Shrine

Happy 人日 (ren ri)! In our Chinese customs, 人日 (People’s Day), the 7th Day of our Lunar New Year, was the day human beings were created. But this is a post again on my New Year spent in Japan as I’ve learnt so many interesting cultural differences in the way we spend our New Years that […]

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(Re)Discovering Kyoto – The New & The Old

Visiting Kyoto brought back fond memories for me. Back in my university days, I had stayed in Osaka for summer exchange, and during my six weeks there, there was a student trip organised to Kyoto where we met Kyoto University students and learned more about the beautiful city steeped in history and traditions. There were […]

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Japan Travels: Kyoto/Osaka

I do regret choosing to explore Kyoto on the weekend. I didn’t expect it to be bursting from the crowd. One could barely move through the throngs of people within a scenic location, with many sight-seekers pausing to snap pictures of a red torii gate or a red-leave tree, stopping the human traffic like a […]

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