Category Archives: TRAVEL

Wheel of fortune: An introduction to omikuji

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Visit any shrine or temple around Japan and you’ll find strips of paper tied to the branches of trees or rack-like structures. These are omikuji or “sacred lots.” Long ago, omikuji were used to divine the gods’ opinion on important matters, choosing successors, determining battle strategy, etc. and was an extremely sacred occasion. In contrast, […]

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Kyushu Pilgrimage Temple 22 Dairakuji

Dairakuji was founded in the 14 Century and is just across the road from Usa Hachimangu, to which it was connected. Usa hachimangu now appears to lie inside a massive park, but until the Meiji Period the grounds were filled with a huge number of shrine/temple buildings. Old paintings show at least 5 pagodas.

Dairakuji was founded as a family temple for one of the head priests of Usa

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Job opportunity – Assistant Officer (Casual)

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is the Japanese government body which aims to promote Japan as a travel destination to people overseas. JNTO Sydney Office promotes to the Australian and New Zealand markets.

JNTO is looking to employ a casual staff member for the position of Assistant Officer. This position is based in Sydney.

This role requires intermediate Japanese language ability (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and intermediate to advanced English language ability.

Learn more about the opportunity:

recruitment_notice_assistant_officer (PDF: 410kb)

Application deadline

26 January 2017

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February 2017: 5 Events Not to Miss in Tokyo

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

In the blink of an eye, we’re more than halfway through the first month of the year. We hope that 2017 has been good to you cheapos so far. If you made a New Year’s resolution to go out and explore the city, here’s your handy guide to Tokyo February events. Aside from these festivities, keep an eye out on the plum blossoms—they start blooming in late February, and we’ve got a guide here—and, if you’ve got plans for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got some ideas for you as well.
1. Setsubun (Feb 3)
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Where: various temples and shrines all over Tokyo
When: usually from 12:00 pm onwards
Admission: free
Drive out bad luck and evil spirits in your life, and welcome good fortune with Setsubun, a festiva

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