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Welcome to Wakayama Prefecture Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Hi. I'm Mike Rhodes. I'm from the state of Colorado in the United States. But, today I want to introduce you to the wonder and natural envir...

Welcome to Wakayama Prefecture Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine Koyasan
Hi. I’m Mike Rhodes. I’m from the state of Colorado in the United States. These places are an integral part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. And this was designated a World Heritage site in 2004 by UNESCO. You know one thing that makes this place so special is that it’s only one of three places on the entire planet where a World Heritage site is a pilgrimage route. The others include the “Route of Santiago de Compostela,” which is connecting Spain and France, and then the third is “The Birthplace of Jesus, Church of the Nativity and Pilgrimage Route, in Bethlehem, Palestine,” a newly designated site.
Introduction Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Today I want to introduce you to the wonder and natural environment of my second hometown in Kumano, which is in Wakayama prefecture, Japan. And I a...

The World Heritage Koyasan ・ Kumano Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine Koyasan ・ Kumano
I want to introduce you to the wonder and natural environment of my second hometown in Kumano, which is in Wakayama prefecture, Japan. And I also want to introduce to you Koyasan and the three grand shrines of the Kumano region. On July7,2004 they were designated as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site You know one thing that makes this place so special is that it’s only one of three places on the entire planet where a World Heritage site is a pilgrimage route. The Kumano was also awarded three stars as a travel destination in the French Michelin Green Guide Japan guide in 2009 which certainly has raised European interest in these routes.
The History of Kumano Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
The history of Kumano spreads over more than a 1000 years, with pilgrims coming down from other parts of Japan to visit to the sacred Kumano area. T...

The History of Kumano Daimonzaka Oyunohara Nachi Falls
The history of Kumano spreads over more than a 1000 years, with pilgrims coming down from other parts of Japan to visit to the sacred Kumano area. The lichen-covered stones and 800 year-old cedars make this stretch of the Kumanokodo Way look the way it did long ago This is not the original location of the shrine. It used to be down by the river, about 500 meters down the hill. And that was called “Oyunohara,” until about 120 years ago when a major flood washed away most of the buildings. And beyond that is the highest waterfalls in Japan. At 133 meters you have Nachi Falls, or “Nachi Taki,” where it is said that a great nature god is enshrined.
Kumano Kodo Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Here we are at Hosshinmon Oji, a popular spot to lead into Hongu area. And what's important is that this location used to be one of nine gates l...

Hosshinmon Oji Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes Fushiogami Oji
Here we are at Hosshinmon Oji, a popular spot to lead into Hongu area. Known as the “holy ground where the gods dwell” since ancient times, Kumano is the home of many legends that have been passed down The Kumano Sanzan is made up of three holy sites which are the sources of nature worship and are home to huge rocks, trees, waterfalls, and rivers Still today can be found numerous shrines called ‘oji’ along the KumanokodoWay. These shrines were builtspecifically to provide rest and lodging for Travelers on pilgrimage to Kumano.
Kumano Sanzan Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Here we are at Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, which is the center of the Kumano religion thathas spread all over Japan over a 1000 years. This is...

Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine Kamikura-jinja Shrine Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine
Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine is one of the Kumano Sanzan and is a holy place that has been visited by many people since the Heian period. Sitting silently at the foot of Mt.Gongen, Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine is one of the three Kumano Grand Shrines. They say this is where the Kumano gods descended from the heavens. A bolder known as ‘Gotobiki-iwa Rock’ is the object of worship of this shrine. One of the great shrines of the Kumano Sanzan, Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine is the origin of the ancient faith that worships Nachi Falls.
Kobo Daishi (Kukai) Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Koyasan was founded by Kobo Daishi Kukai. He was born in what is known as Shikoku island today and at the age of 18 he entered college in Kyoto to s...

Okuno-in Daimon Kobo Daishi Kukai
Koyasan was founded by Kobo Daishi Kukai. He was born in what is known as Shikoku island today and at the age of 18 he entered college in Kyoto to study Chinese classics and Confucianism. Eventually, he grew dissatisfied with his academic studies and found himself entering into Buddhist asceticism at just the age of 20. At the age of 31, he visited Tang China in 804. And two years later, he returned to bring the teachings of the Shingon Buddhism faith here to Japan.
Koyasan Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.2)
Here we are in Koyasan, the center of the Shingon Buddhist faith. And this location here is Danjo-Garan. It is the training center for the Shingon B...

Konpon Daito Kongobuji-Temple Keikoin-Temple Okuno-in
Here we are in Koyasan, the center of the Shingon Buddhist faith. And this location here is Danjo-Garan. The Danjo Garan area can be described as the center of Koyasan, which was opened by Kukai as a place for secret training in Shingon Buddhism. At Koyasan, there are 52 temples where you can take part in the “Shukubo” experience which allows you to stay overnight in one of the temples, experience morning prayers, and see how the monks live. So, here we are at Okuno-in, which is the spiritual heart of Koyasan.
The Kansai World Masters Games 2021 Introduction to the Kansai World Masters Games 2021
 The World Masters Games is a global multi-sport event held every four years targeted on athletes at middle to elderly age. With more athletes ...

This is the first time the World Masters Games (WMG) will be held in Asia! WMG is a global multi-sport event where anyone who is 30 years or older can come participate, from anywhere in the world. The single biggest multi-sport event on earth, WMG, will be coming to the Kansai Area of Japan in May 2021. “Let’s get fired up again and try again” is the slogan for the Kansai World Masters Games 2021.
The Masters Koshien Baseball Game Introduction to the Masters Koshien Baseball Game
 In Japan, every spring and summer, a nationwide high school baseball Invitational tournament is held at Koshien Stadium. All the high school b...

The game is held for all those former high school baseball players who can’t give up their dreams of playing baseball at their sacred ball park , Koshien Stadium. In the 11th game, 16 out of a total of 358 teams fight against their opponent on the “Field of Dreams” after winning the local preliminary tournaments. The potential participant teams of “Masters Koshien” think of the Kansai World Masters Games 2021 as the “World Series” of “Masters Baseball.” Please try again in the sports you engaged in when you’re younger! Let’s restart our life with sports as a participant in the 2021 Kansai World Masters Games!
Again: Koshien, 28 Years Later Introduction to the film "Again: Koshien, 28 Years Later"
 The film "Again: Koshien, 28 Years Later" will be showing in theaters nationwide starting from January 17th, 2015. This film is orig...

The film is originated from the best-selling novel “Again” written by the Naoki Prize-winning author, Mr. Kiyoshi Shigematsu, on the subject of “Masters Koshien.” From January 17th, 2015, it’s showing in theaters nationwide. In the novel “Again,” an ex-high-school baseball player meets up with one of the student staff members of “Masters Koshien.” Upon this fortunate meeting, he once again decides to try making his dream come true: playing a baseball game in Koshien Stadium” which is an unrealized dream for him. Catch is a fundamental part of baseball, and serves as a bridge that connects people. Having the WMG in 2021, the whole Kansai Area will be filled with excitement and energy, generated by all the adult athletes coming from all over the world. You’ll be given a message of encouragement that brings vitality to you and to the future.