Zen time during a calligraphy class at Kofoku-ji Temple, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
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Experience Zen Meditation at a Temple in Nakatsugawa

Sponsored by Nakatsugawa city. Zen is probably one of the most illustrious Japanese philosophies. Synonymous with rest or well-being for many in everyday language, Zen originated from a Japanese branch of Mahāyāna Buddhism that focuses on meditation. Tea ceremony at Iouji Temple 医王寺 Japanese tea ceremonies are…
Futago-ji temple at Kunisaki peninsula, Oita prefecture, Japan.
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Celebrating 1300 Years of History of Rokugo Manzan at Kunisaki Peninsula

Sponsored by Tourism Oita Kunisaki Peninsula (国東半島) is a beautiful rural area centred around Mount Futago in northern Oita Prefecture. Here, a 1300 history of Buddhism and Shintoism and mountain worship moulded Kunisaki Peninsula into an ancient training place for those seeking spiritual enlightenment. The combination of these beliefs have created a local culture, unique to the area,…
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Hamamatsu: Vegetarian Cuisine and Calligraphy at Okayama Houkouji Temple

Sponsored by the Shizuoka Prefecture Tourism Association Located in Hamamatsu (near Inasachō Okuyama, Kita-ku), Okuyama Houkoujito is the head temple of the Houkouji Buddhist Zen sect. This temple offers a taste of Shoujin ryouri cuisine (fine vegetarian cooking of Zen Buddhism) and lessons of Shakyo (transcription of a sutra). While I…