SAIGŪ GYŌRETSU in Kyoto: Proof That Women Were Rockstars Since Time Immemorial in Japan.

Journal entry. October 20, 2019, Arayashiyama, in the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan— #SecondWindTravelers witnessed the historic Saigū Gyōretsu|斎宮行列 here today, a reenactment of a ritual in honor of the high priestess Saigū, who during the Heian Period of Japan, was the royal family’s emissary to the sun goddess Amaterasu. This procession started from the Nonomiya Shrine, and ended by the […]

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Japan Was Always a Healing Journey.

A HEALING JOURNEY. The last time we visited Japan, my mother died the next morning after we arrived in Osaka. My brothers said, “Huwag ka nang umuwi muna, ate. Anyway, nung nagpaalam kayong ba-byahe sa Japan, she told you: ‘“Mag-enjoy kayo ha!” (“Do not return immediately, sister. Remember that when you said you’ll go to Japan, she told you: ‘You […]

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Orange is Our Favorite Color: Wowed by Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.

Thanks to the expert airbnb hunting of our daughter Denise— we found a perfect location where we could just walk 15 minutes to Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha), 15 minutes to the JR Station that could bring you anywhere in Japan, and 10 minutes to Keihan Railways Fushimi-Inari Station, a short train ride to Gion District, where our […]

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