A month of exciting travels
through one of the most
historical countries in the world and one of the most vibrant cities on this planet. I decided o take the
challenge as a "solo traveller" in order to enhance my zen mediation skills and trudge all the impressive buddhist
temples & shinto shrines.
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I tried to keep the balance between visiting the more traditional areas and the loud, crazy and colorful spots of the capital city of Japan.
Tokyo truly is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, comparing to all the countries I've seen so far. The people are very friendly and always happy to help but I recon their english-skills need a little bit of improvement. It says, a lot of japanese people learn english but they refuse to speak until they are fluent. However, Japan is one of the most saved countries in the world to travel alone at any time! Which is quite impressive if you think of the little alleys and the countless dark lanes you walk while following google maps.
During my stay I rented an airbnb in Yanaka, Tokyo's area of cats. It used to say that most of the cats live in the area of Bunkyo, because they love the space in-between the temples and the ground.
Asakusa shrine and Meji temple are one of the most famous places to visit when you're coming to Tokyo, but there are more hidden ones and knowing the difference between Buddhism and Shinto is a vital aspect when it comes to japanese history and religion.
Shinto: Belongs to the Japanese tradition and is the religion of the living (Buddhism is more for life after death)
Buddhism on the other hand, is the general Asian religion brought from other countries (such as India, Korea & China) into Japan. The Pagoda belongs to B for example and they have 5 levels: representing the 4 elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Wind plus 1 for heaven.
In a few spiritual places such as Nikko, there was a beautiful fusion happening between these two different traditions around the 16th century.
I decided to visit this specific Shrine because the Shogun who used to be here back in the days, who‘s spirit is still at the very top, was very patience until he became a Shogun and actually was above 60 (by the time he was living the life-expectation was only 30yrs) However, if you prepair yourself for any kind of battel or something you would like to achieve & need focus, patience & consistency in life:
💮Come here 💮
Make a wish and they might be granted.
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Golden Gai - is Tokyo's famous area of locals bars. Its flair is very mysterious and you kind of hope to witness some odd things going on there or some crazy underground parties but in reality it's just a chilled place with lots of tiny bars where people like to socialize.
Gotokuji-meow - temple
I'm sure many of us out there are familiar with the beckoning cat that greets customers in front of Japanese restaurants and stores. Known as the maneki neko, or literally "the beckoning cat", the small doll is believed to be a lucky charm that brings in customers and money into the shop.
While there are several legends about the origins of this cat charm, one of the widely known story regards Gotokuji as the place of origin. Legend holds that the maneki neko originated back in Edo period, when a feudal lord from Hikone (a city in present-day Shiga Prefecture) passed by a temple in Edo. There, he met a cat that beckoned him to come into the temple. The lord followed the cat and decided to stop by the temple; soon after, a thunderstorm came by. The lord, who took shelter at the temple, became thankful of the cat's deed; eventually, he collected enough funds to rebuild and claim the temple as his family temple, which eventually became Gotokuji. As time went on, people began to offer maneki neko figurines to the temple as a sign of gratitude when their wishes came true.
Harry's Hedgehog Cafe
is actually a pet shop based in the heart of Harajuko Tokyo. The main reason behind this spiky idea was the thought that these creatures are very shy and jumpy, which can become quite painful to be honest. That's why the Japanese came up with with an idea to habituate the hedgehogs and humans quicker so it would be stress-free for both sides once they live together in one household.
However you could buy any of these little fellas.
Just the thought of holding this cute little ball of prickles made this whole experience quite special. Besides, you can order any kind of beverages and if you're too scared at the beginning you can also wear gloves if you're not too sure how to hold them.