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Lions and Dragons at Yasaka Shrine
The storm god and the dragon slayer
Like the Noh masks that have gone before us, the Namba Yasaka Shrine has been 500 years in the making. The lion may look frozen in time, but when you view it from different angles, it looks animated, just like a Noh mask. When viewed from above, it looks menancing, with the eyebrows taking on a more sinister dimension. From below however, it could almost be benevolent, watching over the mere mortals below. It is as if the light and shadows animate the lion.

The Sumo’s Apprentice
Venture inside the hidden world of Sumo
A great alternative to paying huge prices to see Sumo Wrestling tournaments in Japan is to join a tour to visit one of the many Sumo schools. You'll see a different side of the sport and gain a close insight into the real life of the Sumo.

The Exquisite Kibitsu Shrine
Visit this gem of the Kibi plain in Okayama
The Kibitsu Shrine is a gem of the Kibi plain, loaded with beautiful and tranquil structures, gardens and trees, history, culture and mythology.

Nikko Yabusame Archery Competition
The Nikko Shunki Reitaisai Grand Spring Festival
Yabusame Archery Competition at the Nikko Shunki Reitaisai Grand Spring Festival.

Edo Wonderland: Wonders from Nikko
Travel back to Edo Period in this beautiful theme park
Travel 400 years back in time and discover the secrets of Edo by becoming one of its citizens! Visit Edo Wonderland in Nikko.

Nikko Edo Wonderland
Fanciful, fantastic, bewildering Edo-era village!
"The only place to experience living history and culture of Edo period Japan,” boasts the brochure. “Watch out, folks!” it continues, “It’s real live action. Ninjas sneak all around you."

Clash of the Titans, Tokyo-style
A Day at the Ryogoku Kokugikan
Sumo wrestling is perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Japanese life for the foreign visitor.

Enjoy a demonstration of Hinawaju rifles by Sumita town's very own Hinawaju Rifle Brigade!

Sumo Practice in Dazaifu
A once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch Hakuho train
Hidden behind Dazaifu's main sites, is a lesser known one where men train their special art everyday to the point of brutal exhaustion. This is Dazaifu's sumo stables.

Spirit Skills
The birthplace of Aikido
The original Aikido dojo and Aiki shrine are located not far from the station in the sleepy town of Iwama