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The Fox and the Thousand doors

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By virunus | Views [133] | Scholarship Entry

So famous the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, the temple of the Fox, the sanctuary of the thousand gates, the Senbon Torii. Foxes are believed to be messengers of the shinto god of rice Inari, other say that the Fox is the god of lies and illusions and ... Read more >

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The Fox and the Thousand doors

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By faustina | Views [136] | Scholarship Entry

So famous the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, the temple of the Fox, the sanctuary of the thousand gates, the Senbon Torii. Foxes are believed to be messengers of the shinto god of rice Inari, other say that the Fox is the god of lies and illusions and ... Read more >

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Meeting Ichiro Sekiguchi at Cafe de L'Ambre

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By aristippos | Views [413] | Scholarship Entry

Kurosawa’s cinema and Mishima’s writings attracted me to Japan since the early 1980’s. Through the years, more and more reasons kept pulling me towards Japan. I became increasingly interested in the theatre form known as Noh. During my years living in ... Read more >

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Festival in Osaka

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By majckagreen | Views [132] | Scholarship Entry

Osaka is for many the Japanese party capital, but for me it is the city where I went to my first festival. The night before the event I was holding 16 (bus, train, concert) tickets for two. The Kyoto-Osaka ticket was different from the Osaka-Kyoto one.... Read more >

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Festival in Osaka

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By festival | Views [158] | Scholarship Entry

Osaka is for many the Japanese party capital, but for me it is the city where I went to my first festival. The night before the event I was holding 16 (bus, train, concert) tickets for two. The Kyoto-Osaka ticket was different from the Osaka-Kyoto one.... Read more >

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Sunrise in Kyoto

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By travellikeanna | Views [198] | Scholarship Entry

Japan was not the nonchalant third-world Asia I’d grown to love while living in Thailand. There was efficiency, guardrails and drinkable tap water. And, tour guides with megaphones. The swarms of tourists were tainting my experience and photographs.... Read more >

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Finding Stillness in the City

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By laura311346 | Views [131] | Scholarship Entry

Stillness in the city I've always been of the opinion that if you are a true 'traveller' weather shouldn't matter when you are exploring new places. This belief was put to the test when I awoke on Easter weekend from my surprisingly comfy tatami mat ... Read more >

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Old Nara and it's habitants

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By yeahdah | Views [96] | Scholarship Entry

After a long time of picking my best travel experience, I decided on Japan. It was a couple of years ago, my husband came there for work, and as you know, Japanese people work like all the time. So he didn't have even one off-day, and I was travelling ... Read more >

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Tokyo Nights

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By levinthhour | Views [117] | Scholarship Entry

Logan and I were late. The slowing blink and relative calm of the dim neon lights were an unmistakable indicator that the robot fight was over. Knowing that moments before this was a chaotic blur of shining chrome and mechanized mayhem filled me with ... Read more >

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Kyoto Municipal Science Center For Youth

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By anuradhasarup | Views [289] | Scholarship Entry

Our stay in Tokyo was wonderful. Bright, modern, sparkling Tokyo. However we were in search of the older, traditional Japan. As my sister put it ‘the Japanese Japan’. So we decided to visit Kyoto. Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for over a ... Read more >

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A Conversation Worth the Trip

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By gemmastar | Views [142] | Scholarship Entry

Japan’s trains are methodically choreographed in a rhythmic rail system. In the big cities, busy people join the rhythm. They rush on the train, look down, look out the window, and rush off as new units rush on. As foreigners, my partner, Daniel and ... Read more >

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(I Miss The) Tokyo Skyline- Akihabara, Japan

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By charlottesabin | Views [111] | Scholarship Entry

In downtown Tokyo, billboards hang on the skyline like the cardboard backdrop of a puppet booth. It is dusk and the pallid light of another warm afternoon mutes the colours of this neon jungle. It is calm, a far cry from London in rush hour. I search ... Read more >

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Something about Okinawa

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By muneerahb | Views [147] | Scholarship Entry

There’s just something about Okinawa... And that is all I can say when I’m asked why I love this place. There’s just SOMETHING about this island. I come from an island too, but they seem to be worlds apart. Spending time in Okinawa is a refreshing change ... Read more >

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A Sweet and Sour Situation

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By jerichoknopp | Views [62] | Scholarship Entry

I looked through the window of the ramshackle onigiri restaurant, gazing upon endless rice fields tended by old, tanned Japanese farmers in dirty clothing, the sweat evaporating off of their skin as quickly as it appeared. The lack of clouds offered no ... Read more >

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A Glimpse of a Geisha

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By michaelburton | Views [78] | Scholarship Entry

'"You’ll never just stumble across one,” they said, “It doesn’t work like that.” We never listened, and so we set out on our rented bicycles weaving our way through streets of Kyoto, savoring the unusually muted nature that nightfall had brought. Perhaps ... Read more >

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