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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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Ōkunoshima – a bunny island in Japan

December 30, 2014
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Photo: Kim Bui

Here’s a bit of fluffness to brighten up your day! There’s a small island in Japan called Ōkunoshima, which is accessible only by sea. During World War II there was a top secret poison gas factory – so secret that even records of the island were removed from maps.

Ōkunoshima is now famous for something completely different. After the war the factory’s buldings were mostly destroyed and the island was gradually developed into a park and tourist attraction. During this time rabbits were set in Ōkunoshima. As one might expect, the bunnies started to breed and now they are a main tourist attraction of the island. The critters are tame, can be approached and fed by people. Many come here just to cuddle with bunnies, as you can see on a film below. And yes, you can totally visit Ōkunoshima island and meet the bunnies yourself!

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Bunnies in front of a factory. Photo: Eugene Y.K. Wong

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Photo: Akika8

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Photo: Leo HSU

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Photo: Sileong