Japanese Curry at Oretachi No Curry, Osaka, Japan
Interestingly, curry was introduced to Japan by way of the British.
It is a lot less spicy than Indian curry.

Abeno Harukas, Osaka, Japan
The tallest skyscraper in Japan

Tennoji Zoo, Osaka, Japan

Tennoji Zoo, Osaka, Japan

Shitennoji, Osaka, Japan
Shitennoji is one of Japan's oldest temples. It was founded in 593 AD by prince Shotoku who helped bring Buddhism into Japan.

A Chozuya outside Shitennoji
A Chozuya is used in a ceremonial purification ritual before entering a shrine.
Worshippers use it to wash their hands and mouth to purify themselves before approaching the main Shinto shrine.

Kukai Statue inside Shitennoji
Kukai was a Japanese Buddhist monk, civil servant, scholar, poet and artist who founded the Shingon school of Buddhism

The Shitennoji Temple

Prayer candles at the Shitennoji temple

Shitennoji temple halls

Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century.

Osaka Castle Park

Miso Ramen

Fukuoka tower at night

A view of Fukuoka bay from Fukuoka tower

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Built over the grave of Michizane, a local hero and a gifted student,
the shrine is popular amongst students who come here to pray for academic success.

People waiting in line at the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

A woman prepares mochi, a Japanese rice cake, at the Dazaifu market.

Ochyaraka Hoi!
A Japanese childrens game similar to Rock-Paper-Scissors.
Printed on a stone at Ohori park in Fukuoka

Me at Shikanoshima
Shikanoshima is an island off of Fukuoka. It is where a gold seal was discovered by a farmer in 1784.
The seal is believed to have been cast in China in the year 57 CE. It was bestowed by Emporer Guangwu of Han upon a
diplomatic official visiting Japan. The seal is now a national treasure of Japan.

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