Izumo – Land of the Gods

Izumo is an area known by the Japanese as being the “Land of the Gods”. Had it not been for my Sensei’s recommendation, I would never have made it here.…

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Matsue: Celestial Sparks, Matcha Tea Culture and a Castle

After the quiet remoteness of Yunotsu, Matsue was a shock. Hesitating before a wall of tourism brochures, I made selections: Matsue’s castle, some matcha tea culture, and the Adachi Museum…

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Onsen and Iwami Kagura: The Magic of Yunotsu

The remote fishing village of Yunotsu is anything but flashy. These days Yunotsu is most well-known for its onsen and Iwami Kagura performances. Not many foreigners make it to this…

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Striking Gold at the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine

It was my Sensei who recommended I travel to Shimane, known in Japan as the “land of the gods”. This less-traveled to destination is bursting with culture and historical treasures.…

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