Travel Guide: The One about the Differences between Temples and Shrines

When going to Japan, it’s easy to confuse temples and shrines. But they are quite different. Temples are Buddhist sites, while shrines are Shinto sites.  It’s even more confusing by the fact that there are some areas that meld the two religions together.  And that they co-exist, so at times,  you will find a temple and shrine together. Buddhism  is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about Chozuya or Temizuya – To Drink or Not to Drink?…That is the question.

You are visiting Japan and go to a shrine or temple and you notice people going to an area which looks like a tub of water and you see people drinking from it? The thought may cross your mind… “Why are they drinking the water?”, “Is it sanitary?”, “Is it clean or will I get sick? Those are all valid questions, after all, we are used to our way of […]