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The reason to go to Hong Kong: 10 thousand Buddhas monastery

January 13, 2017

So you just arrived in Hong Kong and are thinking about going to the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau island… STOP NOW. Seriously, don’t waste your time on that expensive tourist trap and go to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery instead. If I had to pick one place to see in Hong Kong it would be the 10k Buddhas. I felt like on a bizarre movie set the whole time, plus it’s relatively unknown among the tourists. Isn’t that great?

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Otagi Nenbutsu-ji: Kyoto’s best kept secret

November 21, 2016

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Apparently some dreams do come true as I visited Kyoto, Japan this year. It was the most amazing experience of my life but I’m positive though that one of the best places to visit was the remote Otagi Nenbutsu-ji temple in Arashiyama.

The temple itself is about 12 centuries old and has been destroyed three times. The last time was in 1950s when a typhoon hit Nenbutsu-ji, leaving it in terrible state. In 1955 a famed sculptor and restorer of Buddhist statues named Kocho Nishimura became the head priest of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, which was then a forgotten and desolate temple in the North of Kyoto. Nishimura didn’t have the funds to restore the temple to its former glory but in 1981 he had a magnificent idea.

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Blue flower season in Hitachi Park, Japan

April 17, 2015
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Photo: Azure

Late April to early May is the blooming season of 4.5 million nemophilia (baby blue eyes) in Japan’s Hitachi Seaside Park, which got everyone’s attention after tons of blog posts last year. The blue flower fields get lots of visitors which is perfectly understandable when you look at their beauty, but the Hitachi Park offers colourful sights all year round – just check out their flower calendar!

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Photo: kobaken

hitachi blue fields

Photo: Yumi

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Photo: kobaken

 

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Haru and Mina by Hideaki Hamada

April 2, 2015

haru_minaToday I’m sharing a different kind of travel than before. I discovered Japanese photographer Hideaki Hamada some time ago thanks to his photos for Kinfolk magazine and since then he became my favourite photographer.

Hideaki shares pictures of his own childrens relationship in an intimate documentary called “Haru and Mina“. He photographs them in a way I never saw a parent do and he becomes invisible to them during their adventures. Watching these photos is always a journey to a simple, happy and carefree world which becomes so unavailable for us when we grow up. Hamada himself notices:

“When I look at them through the finder, sometimes an illusion occurs that those figures are myself when I was a child. It is a strange feeling, like I am looking at myself living a life all over again, standing in close.”


See more of Hideaki Hamada’s photos here or buy his book here (International shipping available).

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hamada_haru_and_mina hideaki_haru_mina haru_and_minahideaki_hamada  hamada_hideaki hideaki_hamada_haru_and_minaAll photographs © Hideaki Hamada.

Travel Inspiration  • 

A temple on an island – Tanah Lot

March 27, 2015
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Photo: Manu Hume

A picturesque Tanah Lot island just off the coast of Bali is home to a temple called Pura Tanah Lot – where Pura simply means temple. It is a part of balinese seven seas temples, each of the structures built within an eyesight of the next, and used to worship Sea Gods. Pura Tanah Lot itself is believed to be protected from evil spirits and intruders by venomous sea snakes. Whether it’s true or not, only residents of Bali can enter the temple, though it remains one of the most popular tourist attraction on the island.