The Phoenix Hall of Byodo-in Buddhist temple was founded in 1052 and is said to be Japan’s most beautiful building. Although a very large building, one can unknowingly be schlepping around multiple replicas in their pocket on any given day because this building is featured on the back of the Japanese 10-yen coin. Byodo-in is located in Uji, a delightful little town to stroll around.
The famous carving of the three wise monkeys is located over a doorway in the Toshugu Shrine. They were also carved by Hidari Jingoro. The monkeys show see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.The three wise monkeys are panel two of a series of eight panels using monkeys to show major life events in the cycle of life, such as: baby monkey achieving independence, falling in love etc.
The photo above is the popular sightseeing destination of Kegon Falls in Nikko. At 97 meters high (318 ft), it is one of the three highest falls in Japan and also one of the so-called “Eight Views”, said to exemplify Japan and its culture.
Japan has always had plenty of okonomiyaki restaurants, but its popularity at festival food stalls has really taken off in the last couple of years. The whole cooking process for the crepes, which include cabbage, pork, and a sweet sauce, takes a bit of time to complete, so you’ll often see vendors cooking it up in batches, and you can see the various stages of progress going from right to left, in the above photo.
Pikachu Tairyou Hassei Chu (“An Outbreak of Pikachus”) Pokémon event going on this month in Yokohama. About 50 Pikachu that will be on hand to greet visitors to the city’s Minato Mirai bayside district. It was a moment of pride for the citizens of Yokohama, and of joy for Pokémon fans. Pikachu Tairyou Hassei Chu officially starts on August 9 and runs until the 17th.