KANAZAWA - Samurai Town
Learn about the world of another Japanese icon:
Kanazawa had Shinkansen bullet train routes in mid March, 2015. Located between the Sea of Japan and the Japanese Alps in western Japan, Kanazawa is considered one of the country’s best places to learn about samurai history.
Some years ago, this city was praised as a little Kyoto, but technically it hasn’t received so much influence from the court nobles’ city. Kanazawa has been flourishing since the Lord Maeda moved here for governing the region during the Sengoku or “Warring States” period, thus local people humbly boast of this city as a samurai town.
Omiwa Shrine in Nara
Omiwa Shrine is located in Sakurai ,Nara , and one of the Japan’s oldest and most respected, because it has no sacred images or objects.. This shrine serves Mt.Miwa, the mountain on which it stands, and has been a place of spirituality for some two thousand years. It is said in an old story that a white snake living in the sanctuary is an incarnation of the deity, Miwa Myojin. The shrine is particularly associated with sake, medicines and warding off bad luck. Balls of cedar leaves which are used as a symbol of sake dealers throughout Japan are made of Japanese cedar leaves which are collected from Mt.Miwa at this shrine.