Tohoku Week – Yamadera

Editors Note: We’re back from vacation and celebrating with a week of posts about our vacation destination: Tohoku! Beat the summer heat of Tokyo and the wall-to-wall crowds of Kyoto and visit Tohoku in northern Japan instead! Located just a half hour outside of Yamagata city in the Prefecture of the same name, Yamadera¬†literally means…

Sarubobo

Sarubobo is a common sight around Gifu Prefecture as it is a symbol of the Takayama area of Gifu. It is a doll traditionally fashioned from red cloth and no face that was made for local children to play with. While vaguely human in shape, sarubobo literally means “monkey baby” and the lack of a…

Eihei-ji

Eihei-ji temple is one of the head temples of the Soto Zen Buddhism sect and the temple grounds contain over 70 buildings housing up to 250 monks. Located in Fukui Prefecture, the area would not receive a lot of tourism if not for Eihei-ji’s tourist friendly policies and information. Tourists can explore much of the…