Fushimi Inari Taisha

I lived in Japan for many years when I was young, and visited Kyoto at least 5 times in the past. I have never known about Fushimi Inari Taisha until I started doing my research for my April 2017 trip. It was rated #1 in Tripadvisor Kyoto attraction. Since I didn’t know this place existed … More Fushimi Inari Taisha

“The Bride’s Kimono” and Traditional Clothing Culture in Japan

    The historical fiction and crime/mystery novel, “The Bride’s Kimono” was written by Sujata Massey in 2001. I wanted to blog some of my thoughts that were provoked by the contents of this book. The author, Sujata Massey lived in Japan for years in her youth, and has deep appreciation and insights for the … More “The Bride’s Kimono” and Traditional Clothing Culture in Japan

“Shanghai Girls” and Imperial Japanese invasion of China

Recently, I have been reading interesting books about Japan. I wanted to write down my thoughts that were provoked by the contents of the book. “Shanghai Girls” is written by Lisa See who has Chinese heritage by her father’s side of the family.  The book is about two beautiful Chinese sisters Pearl and May from … More “Shanghai Girls” and Imperial Japanese invasion of China

Godless in Japan

I grew up in Japan during 1960s and 70s. During that time, religion was not a big part of my upbringing. My experience is a very common one in Japanese households. A majority of Japanese families do not belong to any organized religion. My mom was a religious person and was always in search of … More Godless in Japan