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A Breath of Fresh Air : Exploring Shiga Maddie's Journal ~A Breath of Fresh Air : Exploring Shiga, Japan's Lake Country~
Okay, so my name is Madeline Thompson and I was born in Massachusetts, which is on the East Coast of the United States. But I actually moved to Shig...

Maddie's Journal Sunrise Kayak on Lake Biwa (BSC Water Sports Center) Konponchūdō (National Treasure) Hieizan Enryakuji Temple Hikone Castle Keep and Genkyūen
The one who showed me all of these places is actually my coworker, Rodrigo. So, I really owe him a lot, and in turn, I thought maybe I’d introduce some of these places to you. Shiga is actually home to the biggest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa. So, one morning Rodrigo and I got up super early, and kayaked out into the lake to watch the sunrise. I’ve been to Tokyo and Osaka and Kyoto, but I’ve never seen anything this cool. So up on top of this mountain is Hiezan Enryakuji, which is a Buddhist Temple that was opened like 1200 years ago by a monk named Saicho. And, he’s actually the founder of the Tendai Sect of Buddhism in Japan, so this temple is one of the most sacred places in Japanese Buddhism and it’s actually also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next to Hikone Castle, there’s this beautiful Japanese garden called Genkyuuen, and, there they have this special light-up event during the fall for the leaves when they change color. I can’t even do it justice with words. You have to go see it yourself.
Tastes & Flavors of Shiga Maddie's Journal ~Tastes & Flavors of Shiga, Japan's Lake Country~
Hey! My name is Madeline Thompson, and I was born in Massachusetts in the Eastern United States. But! I moved to Shiga three months ago, and ever si...

Maddie's Journal Ōmi Beef “Matsukiya” Fujii Honke Ogoto Onsen “Biwako Hanakaido”
The one who taught me about all these foods was my coworker, Rodrigo, so I owe him for that one. This is a restaurant where you can eat the famous “Omi Beef.” So, Omi Beef is produced here in Shiga and it’s really famous because it has this like, marbling texture to it that just makes it, actually, beautiful and at this particular restaurant, they put these little gold flakes on it, so it’s that much fancier. We also had the chance to visit a sake brewery, where they taught us how to brew sake, and they said that to make good sake you need good rice and good water, which Shiga has both of, and that’s why the sake produced here is so delicious. I think there’s a lot of people who hear Japan and think of hot springs, and Shiga has those too. So in Ogoto Onsen, there’s a lot of these traditional hotels, called Ryokan, where you can go and eat and relax in the hot spring to your heart’s content.
Welcome to Tokushima Prefecture Non- Japanese residents introduce the charms of Kansai. (Vol.3)
Hi everyone, my name is Jenifer Tanikawa and I am a second generation Japanese Canadian hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. I'm cur...

Welcome to Tokushima Prefecture Oboke Gorge and the Koboke Gorge Awa Odori The Naruto whirlpools
On this trip we will be taking a trip to the West of Tokushima to explore what is dubbed the “unexplored or untouched regions”, up to the North of Tokushima where the ever dynamic Naruto Whirlpools are located and to Tokushima City to experience some of Tokushima’s interesting traditional culture. The emerald green waters, the white surface of the rocks, and the towering cliffs jutting straight up to the sky are colored by cherry blossomsin spring and by colored leaves in autumn. The Awa Dance is Tokushima’s largest annual event and boasts a history of over 400 years. The festival is well established in various areas even outside the prefecture, and Awa Dance troupes are invited to events outside of Japan, placing it alongside the Rio Carnival as one of the largest dance event in the world. The Naruto Straits, between Naruto City and Awaji Island is where the Seto Inland Sea meets the Kii Channel. The straits of Naruto are amongst the three most dramatic in the world, standing alongside the Straits of Messina located in the Mediterranean Sea and the Seymour Narrows located on the Western Coast of North America.
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 Ekoin-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.